Appointed seats must be scrapped

A year after the political reform package for the 2012 polls was passed, the government has yet to make good the promise of abolishing the appointed seats in district councils.

Monday, 4 July, 2011, 12:00am

By-election ruling too complex to rush

When a significant policy change is proposed by the government, the community must be given sufficient time to consider it and provide feedback. Vigorous vetting of any changes to the law is also needed to ensure they are legally sound. This is especially important if the policy has an impact on people's rights under the Basic Law.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Indirect election can still be democratic

I refer to the letter by Mercy Wong Chung-yan ('Democrats lost their direction', July 7).

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Fung stays anti-reforms

With moderate pan-democrats being accused of compromising their principles, Frederick Fung Kin-kee yesterday reiterated his position that the government's proposed electoral reforms would not be sufficient to obtain his support.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

When the president of Legco could vote

Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing has caused controversy with his announcement that he would resign from the post, if needs be, to vote in favour of the political reform package sponsored by the Hong Kong government.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

Winning ways

To achieve full democracy is the aspiration of most Hongkongers, including the pro-establishment and pro-Beijing political parties, as a way to safeguard our rule of law and freedom. The de facto referendum, triggered by the resignation of five pro-democracy lawmakers, has caused a stir, prompting government allies to boycott it.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Need for calm over 'referendum' planeditorial

The resignation plan by five democrat lawmakers was, with good reason, widely regarded as an ill-conceived political stunt when it was first proposed. That has all changed as a result of Beijing's warning that the scheme breaches the Basic Law.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Electorate 'will surely' choose the chief executive in 2017, Tsang says

The use of universal suffrage in the chief executive elections in 2017 was a solemn pledge and would definitely happen, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Reckless steps

The democrats' entirely understandable frustration over government foot dragging on introducing universal suffrage has led some of them into a disastrous trap. It will give the enemies of democracy much cause for celebration as they are handed new ways to thwart progress on constitutional reform.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Prison vote debate unlocks deeper issues

After the High Court ruled in December against the current blanket ban on prisoners' right to vote, a change in the decades-old policy is inevitable. The question is: how will it be done?

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


There is a long-term future for functional constituencies

I am sure it was only out of altruism that functional constituency legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee moved at the January 7 Legislative Council meeting that the government should clarify whether the functional constituencies would be scrapped in 2012.

However, it is an unnecessary question.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Rights group will urge UN to press HK government for full democracy

A local human rights group will urge the United Nations to press the Hong Kong government to introduce full democracy and improve human rights in the city, during a hearing early next year.

29 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Bars to balloting

The famous first world war French prime minister Georges Clemenceau is supposed to have said that he who is not a radical when he is young has no heart, and he who is not a conservative when he is old has no head. I know I must be growing old when I find myself questioning a decision of the Hong Kong courts extending protection for human rights.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Vote may not go to all prisoners

Some prisoners' hopes of voting in Hong Kong's elections could be in vain, with a government announcement that it is considering barring inmates from voting, depending on the length of their jail terms.

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

League chief sticks to the principles

The head of the League of Social Democrats has pledged to stand firm on his group's principles of social democracy and methods of civil disobedience. Wong Yuk-man's promise came in his first Letter to Hong Kong, broadcast on RTHK.

22 Sep 2008 - 12:00am