Beijing has stepped up its push for transparent government spending, requiring central to local government agencies to publicly disclose spending on foreign trips, official cars and often lavish lunches and dinners.Thursday, 5 May, 2011, 12:00am
In the face of the recent public fury over his budget proposals, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah eventually made dramatic changes to them, agreeing to make an unprecedented cash handout of HK$6,000 to all permanent residents aged 18 or above.
In addition, all taxpayers will get a tax rebate of up to 75 per cent, capped at HK$6,000.8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Passions are at fever pitch over today's vote by legislators on the high-speed rail line connecting Hong Kong to the national network at Guangzhou.8 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Sichuan businessman Wu Juliang, 48, started gaining a national profile three years ago when he called on authorities to make detailed annual budgets public, information that used to be considered a state secret on the mainland. Mr Wu said the call raised public awareness about civil rights and helped foster more transparent government.15 Mar 2009 - 12:00am
Eye-catching methods highlight key issues
They have appeared as loan sharks, characters from a deck of playing cards, and 'nude' protesters.21 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
Lawmakers have demanded that the government disclose information on how revenue from retail, dining and entertainment will cover operation costs at the West Kowloon Cultural District.27 May 2008 - 12:00am
The government has spent more than HK$240 million of taxpayers' money on consultancy studies. Is this value for money, given that many of the studies will not be released to the public? Write to us.10 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
With a budget that benefits every sector of the population, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has lived up to the expectations of 'returning wealth to the people'. Apparently, his aim was not to win a quick round of applause: while his maiden budget is generous, it did not infringe on Hong Kong's time-honoured principle of managing public finances prudently.1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Everybody is waiting for Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah to announce, in his maiden budget speech tomorrow, how he will dispose of a record fiscal surplus. There seems to be no question that the government will return some of this wealth to the people by spending a substantial part of the windfall surplus on concessions, rebates and relief.26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
It's tough to find a silver lining in the cloud of criticism surrounding the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (Astri), but its chairman thinks there just might be one.
Although it was established seven years ago, the public knew little of the institute until the release in April of a damning audit report, Allan Wong Chi-yun said.20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am