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Tung Chee-Hwa

Beijing not interfering if Hong Kong asks for Basic Law interpretation

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 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

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

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

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?

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

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

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