Westminster System

New World duo to appeal against Legco questioning

New World China Land chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun and executive director Stewart Leung Chi-kin will lodge an appeal against a High Court ruling that they should testify before a Legislative Council select committee investigating the company's employment of former hous

Friday, 23 October, 2009, 12:00am

What's On

September 22

19 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

High Court told Legco powers infringe rights

A legislature in which only the council sitting as a whole can exercise coercive powers to summon witnesses in an investigation is not only workable but also safeguards the rights of individuals, the High Court heard yesterday.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Cream of the crop

Hong Kong is unique because it never stops changing and evolving. All its changes happen at such a great pace that, if you stop looking for a moment, you can easily find yourself out of step with what's going on around you.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats wary over motion of no confidence in appointee row

The pan-democratic camp is taking a cautious stance on the Democratic Party's intention to move a motion of no confidence in Norman Chan Tak-lam, head of the Chief Executive's Office, who has played a key role in recruiting political appointees.

19 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

UN presses city over racism bill

The clock is ticking for the government to account for its controversial Race Discrimination Bill and make revisions to any inadequacies, after the United Nations set a deadline for the administration to deliver its report.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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March 12

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers face daunting burden of bills to pass

Backlog worries committee chief

The Legislative Council has passed only five bills since October, leaving a huge backlog to clear when lawmakers resume work after the Lunar New Year break.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

What's On

August 27

25 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Cutting political ties that bind

Few would dispute the vision that the government's structure should be overhauled as part of a larger constitutional reform. During the drafting of the Basic Law, it was too casually assumed that the government could continue to be run by civil servants as principal officials - despite the 'politicisation' of having a chief executive elected locally.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Less talk but more sleep over covert bill

Speeded-up debate on surveillance legislation avoids overnight session for lawmakers

Lawmakers speeded up their marathon deliberation on the covert surveillance bill yesterday, getting through most of the sticky issues and averting the threat of an all-night sitting.

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Ministerial proposals raise serious concerns

Politicians are supposed to be accountable for their actions. If they do not answer to the people who pay their salaries, an 'accountability system' such as Hong Kong's means little. Thus, the government's proposal to extend our city's peculiar and ineffective system of ministerial responsibility raises serious concerns.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Codes of conduct

The United States has the toughest conflict of interest restrictions for former senior officials who were political appointees.

Under US law, heads of executive agencies, referred to as 'very senior personnel', are subject to multi-tiered restrictions according to their seniority:

30 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Power play

Although politicians are some of the least respected people in South Korea, the temptation to become one seems very high at present. Ahead of April's National Assembly elections, people from all walks of life - lawyers, scholars, journalists, and even athletes and film stars - are lining up to run.

5 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Scrutiny of bill makes a mockery of the system

The passage of Hong Kong's new national security laws through the Legislative Council started badly, then deteriorated, and has now descended into farce. Consider Saturday's performance. The action began when the bills committee embarked on the all-important clause-by-clause examination of the draft legislation, which many fear will restrict our freedoms.

16 Jun 2003 - 12:00am