Tung Chee-Hwa

Beijing not interfering if Hong Kong asks for Basic Law interpretation

Protestors who support the right of abode of foreign domestic workers are seen outside Court of Final Appeal in Central as the case proceeds in the court. Photo: Edward Wong

To many people, an interpretation of the Basic Law by the National People's Congress Standing Committee is something to be avoided at all costs because, they believe, it constitutes interference in Hong Kong affairs.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:00am 1 comment

Obituary: Simon Li, the trailblazing judge who took on Tung Chee-hwa

Simon Li Fook-sean back in 1996

Simon Li Fook-sean 1922-2013

The first Chinese Hongkonger to act as chief justice, Simon Li Fook-sean, died of heart failure in hospital surrounded by his family on Tuesday night. He was 91 years old.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:25am 1 comment

Maybe it's time for Donald Tsang to step back and relax

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, a staunch Catholic, may have a fresh understanding of these two phrases after he missed out on a place in China's top political advisory body recently.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Little succour for CY Leung after visit to Beijing

Illustration: Wilson Tsang

The beleaguered Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would still face stiff opposition at home even after the support shown to him by top leader Xi Jinping during Leung's first visit to Beijing since taking office, some observers said.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am

Pro-euthanasia quadriplegic Ah Bun dies aged 43

Author of 'I Want Euthanasia' Tang Siu-pun (Ah Bun) visits the Hong Kong Book Fair at the HKCEC in 2007. Photo: Martin Chan

Tang Siu-pun, whose high-profile appeal for euthanasia to be legalised in 2003 raised public awareness of the subject, has died at the age of 43.

The quadriplegic, popularly known by locals as Ah Bun, died on Sunday morning of septicaemia, or blood poisoning, at Caritas Medical Centre, where he was admitted on Friday, according to reports.

9 Dec 2012 - 7:35pm

All Around Town, December 6, 2012

Legal system etched in stone, scholar says

Law professor Albert Chen Hung-yee from the University of Hong Kong has taken issue with former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie about what the Basic Law's promise of "an unchanged way of life for 50 years" means for Hong Kong's legal system.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:40am

Does government interference help in financial crises?

Greece's Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is fighting to protect his country. Photo: Reuters

Which single aspect of the complex mess of financial and economic crises supposedly coming to a head is absolutely certain? The answer is that governments will not solve these problems. They never do. At best, palliatives will be devised, interim solutions found and some of the worst consequences of fiscal default, or similar, will be avoided.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

The key to stable democracy - home ownership

Tung Chee-hwa. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

I have felt for a long time that our first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, got a pretty raw deal in terms of public criticism of his housing policies. After all, the declared objective of getting the rate of home ownership up to 70 per cent was, and is, a very worthy one. The US is already close to this, while Singapore's rate is almost 90 per cent.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:49am

Tung Chee-hwa's faulty connection to the leadership

Return of the meat.

We had always assumed that former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa was pretty well plugged into what was going on in the upper echelons of the leadership in the mainland. But the recent changing of the guard and the new lin-up in Beijing would seem to indicate that is not actually the case.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:13am 1 comment

Tung Chee-hwa's friendship with Xi Jinping may aid CY Leung

Reporters must corner their interview subjects with the toughest questions. But whether those questions are answered is entirely up to the one being interviewed.

Thus, it was a shock to those who know him well when the normally meticulously and cautious Tung Chee-hwa answered questions in a live interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour recently.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:04am

Hu Jintao likely to remain military chief, says Tung Chee-hwa

Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo: Xinhua

President Hu Jintao is likely to remain chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) after this year's Communist Party congress, which will see China's new leadership team named, former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:20am

Consumer-led economy needs happy investors

[Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa] said that over the next 20 years the mainland's economy would move from one driven by exports to one driven by domestic consumption that emphasised value-added service industries.

SCMP, June 27

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mister positive

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa is adamant that Hong Kong will not be marginalised by the mainland's rapid economic development.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'7-eleven' still a busy man in the thick of it

It was Sunday afternoon, hot and humid, in the Italian classical-revival style office of Tung Chee-hwa in Kennedy Road.

His office had earlier said his schedule was 'fully packed' so the only slot for an interview was Sunday afternoon, 'very sorry for that'.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tung offers show of support for C.Y. Leung

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has for the first time expressed his support publicly for incoming leader Leung Chun-ying, but pledged that he will never tell the former Executive Council convenor what to do.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am