Albert Cheng

Albert Cheng

Ir. Albert Cheng is the founder of Digital Broadcasting Corporation Hong Kong Limited, a current affairs commentator and columnist. He was formerly a direct elected Hong Kong SAR legislative councillor. Mr Cheng was voted by Time Magazine in 1997 as one of "the 25 most influential people in new Hong Kong" and selected by Business Week in 1998 as one of "the 50 stars of Asia".  

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Opinion | Why Britain’s citizenship offer is a favour to Hong Kong – and China

Hongkongers have in the past sought foreign citizenship as an insurance policy. The UK’s offer to almost half of Hong Kong is unlikely to give rise to a wave of migration. Conversely, it makes people more willing to stay in Hong Kong.

24 Jul 2020 - 8:41AM

Hongkongers have in the past sought foreign citizenship as an insurance policy. The UK’s offer to almost half of Hong Kong is unlikely to give rise to a wave of migration. Conversely, it makes people more willing to stay in Hong Kong.

Why Britain’s citizenship offer is a favour to Hong Kong – and China
Opinion | Why Hong Kong national security law won’t spark a third wave of migration to Canada

Most Chinese Canadians couldn’t care less about the new law – some even think it’s a good thing. Hongkongers who hope to rally support from Canada’s people and government, or expect a warm welcome should they leave, will be disappointed.

10 Jul 2020 - 5:04AM

Most Chinese Canadians couldn’t care less about the new law – some even think it’s a good thing. Hongkongers who hope to rally support from Canada’s people and government, or expect a warm welcome should they leave, will be disappointed.

Why Hong Kong national security law won’t spark a third wave of migration to Canada
Opinion | Hong Kong’s third runway and Lantau Tomorrow Vision are obsolete as coronavirus changes the world

Given the pandemic’s challenges and unforeseeable factors, the Hong Kong government should rethink existing development plans and be flexible, focusing on those that are vital to the city’s survival and in the people’s best interests.

26 Jun 2020 - 6:31AM

Given the pandemic’s challenges and unforeseeable factors, the Hong Kong government should rethink existing development plans and be flexible, focusing on those that are vital to the city’s survival and in the people’s best interests.

Hong Kong’s third runway and Lantau Tomorrow Vision are obsolete as coronavirus changes the world
Opinion | George Floyd protests: the twisted logic behind Hong Kong protesters’ support for Trump

Some in Hong Kong have rallied round Donald Trump, whose call for military action against protesters in the US sparked outrage. If protesters want an independent inquiry into Hong Kong police actions, they should really be showing solidarity with the US public.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:30AM

Some in Hong Kong have rallied round Donald Trump, whose call for military action against protesters in the US sparked outrage. If protesters want an independent inquiry into Hong Kong police actions, they should really be showing solidarity with the US public.

George Floyd protests: the twisted logic behind Hong Kong protesters’ support for Trump
Opinion | Beijing’s national security law sounds the death knell for ‘one country, two systems’ and democracy in Hong Kong

With the enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong, most people will eventually give up struggling and accept their destiny. Only some idealistic young people will continue to fight for the impossible dream of full democracy.

29 May 2020 - 10:30AM

With the enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong, most people will eventually give up struggling and accept their destiny. Only some idealistic young people will continue to fight for the impossible dream of full democracy.

Beijing’s national security law sounds the death knell for ‘one country, two systems’ and democracy in Hong Kong
Opinion | As Hong Kong’s economy contracts, all the more reason to tackle the housing crisis

The government should consider real estate sector lawmaker Abraham Shek’s proposals on using brownfield sites and redeveloping old residential buildings. But first, the public and private housing markets must be delinked.

15 May 2020 - 6:32AM

The government should consider real estate sector lawmaker Abraham Shek’s proposals on using brownfield sites and redeveloping old residential buildings. But first, the public and private housing markets must be delinked.

As Hong Kong’s economy contracts, all the more reason to tackle the housing crisis
Opinion | As Hong Kong’s rule of law is eroded, voters have one last chance to turn the tide

A judge’s sentencing remarks in a stabbing case have disturbing implications for Hong Kong’s rule of law. While the Court of Final Appeal has maintained its independence, it is not enough. In September, voters must help elect more pan-democrats to the legislature.

1 May 2020 - 1:52AM

A judge’s sentencing remarks in a stabbing case have disturbing implications for Hong Kong’s rule of law. While the Court of Final Appeal has maintained its independence, it is not enough. In September, voters must help elect more pan-democrats to the legislature.

As Hong Kong’s rule of law is eroded, voters have one last chance to turn the tide
Opinion | Why Carrie Lam’s coronavirus relief package is friendlier to businesses than jobless Hongkongers

The HK$80 billion employment support scheme does not help the unemployed. Employers are being subsidised for six months, but remain free to let staff go. The scheme is extremely business-friendly. What are the chief executive’s intentions?

17 Apr 2020 - 1:08PM

The HK$80 billion employment support scheme does not help the unemployed. Employers are being subsidised for six months, but remain free to let staff go. The scheme is extremely business-friendly. What are the chief executive’s intentions?

Why Carrie Lam’s coronavirus relief package is friendlier to businesses than jobless Hongkongers
Opinion | Like Canada, to contain the coronavirus, Hong Kong must do more to help working people

Canada’s coronavirus aid package includes subsidies for small business employers and benefits for workers affected by the outbreak. In Hong Kong, the government has done little to make regular people feel secure about staying at home

3 Apr 2020 - 5:37AM

Canada’s coronavirus aid package includes subsidies for small business employers and benefits for workers affected by the outbreak. In Hong Kong, the government has done little to make regular people feel secure about staying at home

Like Canada, to contain the coronavirus, Hong Kong must do more to help working people
Opinion | The coronavirus pandemic offers a chance to make the world safer and fairer

In focusing on Covid-19, it is easy to miss the bigger picture. The West is largely responsible for worsening the outbreak. If the world is to become a better place, selfish Western capitalists must change their ways.

20 Mar 2020 - 7:11AM

In focusing on Covid-19, it is easy to miss the bigger picture. The West is largely responsible for worsening the outbreak. If the world is to become a better place, selfish Western capitalists must change their ways.

The coronavirus pandemic offers a chance to make the world safer and fairer
Opinion | As Carrie Lam and Beijing tighten their grip, Hong Kong must rely on its independent judiciary

Hongkongers must see Jimmy Lai’s arrest for what it is: a clampdown on the city’s cherished freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Equally ominous is the government’s bundling of the HK$10,000 cash handouts with more police funding.

6 Mar 2020 - 8:51AM

Hongkongers must see Jimmy Lai’s arrest for what it is: a clampdown on the city’s cherished freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Equally ominous is the government’s bundling of the HK$10,000 cash handouts with more police funding.

As Carrie Lam and Beijing tighten their grip, Hong Kong must rely on its independent judiciary
Opinion | Coronavirus crisis: Why Beijing won’t fire Carrie Lam for botching the job again

The central government recently shuffled officials related to Wuhan and Hong Kong but the axe is unlikely to fall on the chief executive. Beijing will find it hard to find a replacement who can rally enough support from a divided city.

21 Feb 2020 - 6:42AM

The central government recently shuffled officials related to Wuhan and Hong Kong but the axe is unlikely to fall on the chief executive. Beijing will find it hard to find a replacement who can rally enough support from a divided city.

Coronavirus crisis: Why Beijing won’t fire Carrie Lam for botching the job again
Opinion | To make the best use of Ocean Park, turn it into a quarantine centre

Given that the theme park is far from residential areas, its use as a quarantine site would cause less resentment. Ultimately, the failing park should be used for residential housing and marine education but, right now, Carrie Lam has a duty to protect public health.

7 Feb 2020 - 6:00AM

Given that the theme park is far from residential areas, its use as a quarantine site would cause less resentment. Ultimately, the failing park should be used for residential housing and marine education but, right now, Carrie Lam has a duty to protect public health.

To make the best use of Ocean Park, turn it into a quarantine centre
Opinion | After Sars, is Hong Kong prepared for another deadly coronavirus outbreak? Unlikely, with Carrie Lam in charge

Hong Kong has reported the first cases of the Wuhan coronavirus infection, but the initial lack of a health declaration protocol at train stations has hampered contact tracing. The government must do better to show it has learned from Sars.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:32PM

Hong Kong has reported the first cases of the Wuhan coronavirus infection, but the initial lack of a health declaration protocol at train stations has hampered contact tracing. The government must do better to show it has learned from Sars.

After Sars, is Hong Kong prepared for another deadly coronavirus outbreak? Unlikely, with Carrie Lam in charge
Opinion | Hong Kong police aren’t even doing their real jobs any more. Carrie Lam must restore discipline in the force

Mistrust of police is widespread as Hong Kong enters a new year. The chief executive believes she can restore order and win over the public again with the support of the central government and police. She’s very much mistaken.

10 Jan 2020 - 6:53AM

Mistrust of police is widespread as Hong Kong enters a new year. The chief executive believes she can restore order and win over the public again with the support of the central government and police. She’s very much mistaken.

Hong Kong police aren’t even doing their real jobs any more. Carrie Lam must restore discipline in the force
Opinion | Who could get Carrie Lam to really investigate police protest conduct? The pan-democrats and Hongkongers themselves

The government is still counting on the IPCC to produce a report on the police handling of the protests, even after an expert panel questioned its capability and quit. Democrat-controlled district councils should step up.

27 Dec 2019 - 7:37AM

The government is still counting on the IPCC to produce a report on the police handling of the protests, even after an expert panel questioned its capability and quit. Democrat-controlled district councils should step up.

Who could get Carrie Lam to really investigate police protest conduct? The pan-democrats and Hongkongers themselves
Opinion | How the pro-democracy camp can play the long game and help Hong Kong elect the leader it wants

With their win last month, the pan-democrats could make a difference in the next chief executive election. This is a cause they must unite around, to live up to the expectations of the voters who sent them back to the district councils.

13 Dec 2019 - 6:16AM

With their win last month, the pan-democrats could make a difference in the next chief executive election. This is a cause they must unite around, to live up to the expectations of the voters who sent them back to the district councils.

How the pro-democracy camp can play the long game and help Hong Kong elect the leader it wants
Opinion | Hong Kong pro-democracy bloc’s mandate is clear – focus on community work but keep the protest flag flying

The district council election results show that candidates’ political stance matters and voters have no patience with centrists at the moment. Pan-democrats must work hard on local livelihood issues but continue to support protesters and challenge the government.

29 Nov 2019 - 2:09AM

The district council election results show that candidates’ political stance matters and voters have no patience with centrists at the moment. Pan-democrats must work hard on local livelihood issues but continue to support protesters and challenge the government.

Hong Kong pro-democracy bloc’s mandate is clear – focus on community work but keep the protest flag flying
Opinion | Hong Kong needs a new chief executive and a new start. Let it be John Tsang

Carrie Lam is still waiting for the IPCC to submit its report on police conduct, when even international experts raise doubts about the police watchdog. A new chief executive needs to step in and set up an independent investigation.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:05PM

Carrie Lam is still waiting for the IPCC to submit its report on police conduct, when even international experts raise doubts about the police watchdog. A new chief executive needs to step in and set up an independent investigation.

Hong Kong needs a new chief executive and a new start. Let it be John Tsang
Opinion | Students arrested in the protests are innocent until proven guilty. A Hong Kong that forgets this is doomed

Young protesters’ actions are the symptom of Hong Kong’s problems, not the cause. What does it say about Hong Kong when Chinese University vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan has come under attack just for speaking up for arrested students’ legal rights?

1 Nov 2019 - 9:37AM

Young protesters’ actions are the symptom of Hong Kong’s problems, not the cause. What does it say about Hong Kong when Chinese University vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan has come under attack just for speaking up for arrested students’ legal rights?

Students arrested in the protests are innocent until proven guilty. A Hong Kong that forgets this is doomed
Opinion | To save Hong Kong, pro-democracy lawmakers must paralyse Legco and frustrate the government

The Legislative Council is becoming a rubber stamp for Carrie Lam’s administration. Pro-democracy lawmakers must adopt a strategy of ‘if we burn, you burn with us’ and make pro-establishment types feel the cost of continuing to support Lam.

18 Oct 2019 - 6:49AM

The Legislative Council is becoming a rubber stamp for Carrie Lam’s administration. Pro-democracy lawmakers must adopt a strategy of ‘if we burn, you burn with us’ and make pro-establishment types feel the cost of continuing to support Lam.

To save Hong Kong, pro-democracy lawmakers must paralyse Legco and frustrate the government
Opinion | Brutal Hong Kong police creating a cycle of violence in protest-torn city

Carrie Lam must act to stop the use of excessive force on protesters. Anything else is just a political stunt that angers people, like her community dialogue platform ended up being. Given the police brutality, it is impossible to ask protesters to remain calm and rational.

4 Oct 2019 - 9:44AM

Carrie Lam must act to stop the use of excessive force on protesters. Anything else is just a political stunt that angers people, like her community dialogue platform ended up being. Given the police brutality, it is impossible to ask protesters to remain calm and rational.

Brutal Hong Kong police creating a cycle of violence in protest-torn city
Opinion | Mired in protests, Hong Kong should brace itself for a takeover by mainland Chinese interests and capital

The city that has already witnessed two major power transfers in the past 50 years is going through its third, as mainland companies become more influential than the local business elite. However the current unrest ends, a wave of migration is expected to hit.

20 Sep 2019 - 9:06AM

The city that has already witnessed two major power transfers in the past 50 years is going through its third, as mainland companies become more influential than the local business elite. However the current unrest ends, a wave of migration is expected to hit.

Mired in protests, Hong Kong should brace itself for a takeover by mainland Chinese interests and capital
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Lion Rock spirit is being eroded. Cathay is only the latest victim of Beijing’s crackdown on the protests

Hong Kong’s Lion Rock spirit of helping one another is under attack, just as the city needs it most amid the widening divisions in society triggered by the extradition law.

6 Sep 2019 - 9:31AM

Hong Kong’s Lion Rock spirit of helping one another is under attack, just as the city needs it most amid the widening divisions in society triggered by the extradition law.

Hong Kong’s Lion Rock spirit is being eroded. Cathay is only the latest victim of Beijing’s crackdown on the protests
Opinion | Beijing’s tougher stance on Hong Kong’s unrest is damaging big business and the free-market economy

Property developers in Hong Kong have been pressured into showing support for the government and the police, and Beijing is moving against Cathay Pacific. This might be the end of the freewheeling free-market Hong Kong that we know.

23 Aug 2019 - 9:02AM

Property developers in Hong Kong have been pressured into showing support for the government and the police, and Beijing is moving against Cathay Pacific. This might be the end of the freewheeling free-market Hong Kong that we know.

Beijing’s tougher stance on Hong Kong’s unrest is damaging big business and the free-market economy
Opinion | If Carrie Lam has any love for Hong Kong, she must clean up her political mess to break the cycle of violence

If the police continue to use force, the city will only become more divided. There must be an independent investigation into police conduct, but also an amnesty for everyone except gangsters – so Hong Kong can start afresh.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:31AM

If the police continue to use force, the city will only become more divided. There must be an independent investigation into police conduct, but also an amnesty for everyone except gangsters – so Hong Kong can start afresh.

If Carrie Lam has any love for Hong Kong, she must clean up her political mess to break the cycle of violence
Opinion | What China’s leaders and angry Hong Kong protesters agree on: Carrie Lam must clean up her own mess

With calls from across the political spectrum for the chief executive to set up an independent inquiry commission, she must act without delay. The difference in the police’s treatment of extradition bill protesters and members of the attacking mob in Yuen Long has almost depleted public confidence in the force.

25 Jul 2019 - 7:22PM

With calls from across the political spectrum for the chief executive to set up an independent inquiry commission, she must act without delay. The difference in the police’s treatment of extradition bill protesters and members of the attacking mob in Yuen Long has almost depleted public confidence in the force.

What China’s leaders and angry Hong Kong protesters agree on: Carrie Lam must clean up her own mess
Opinion | Hong Kong’s political instability means 2020 could be the endgame for ‘one country, two systems’

The current mass protests and rumbles in the financial sector echo the loss of faith that preceded the handover. Any threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy could set off a series of events that leads to the city’s demise.

12 Jul 2019 - 9:20PM

The current mass protests and rumbles in the financial sector echo the loss of faith that preceded the handover. Any threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy could set off a series of events that leads to the city’s demise.

Hong Kong’s political instability means 2020 could be the endgame for ‘one country, two systems’
Opinion | How to defuse the extradition crisis: start by fixing Hong Kong’s social ills and end with democracy

By trying to wait out the storm, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is making another error of judgment. An inquiry into the police’s response to protesters would ease tensions but, in the long run, Hong Kong’s government must be legitimised by a democratic election.

28 Jun 2019 - 9:28AM

By trying to wait out the storm, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is making another error of judgment. An inquiry into the police’s response to protesters would ease tensions but, in the long run, Hong Kong’s government must be legitimised by a democratic election.

How to defuse the extradition crisis: start by fixing Hong Kong’s social ills and end with democracy
Opinion | If the extradition bill is not withdrawn, Carrie Lam must resign for the sake of Hong Kong and its people

The chief executive, who once said she would step down if she lost the people’s trust, should honour her pledge. The mass protests against the government’s legal proposal make that clear.

14 Jun 2019 - 9:48AM

The chief executive, who once said she would step down if she lost the people’s trust, should honour her pledge. The mass protests against the government’s legal proposal make that clear.

If the extradition bill is not withdrawn, Carrie Lam must resign for the sake of Hong Kong and its people