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 | Hong Kong electoral reform is clearly set out in the Basic Law. Has the pro-establishment camp conveniently forgotten?

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee 2004 interpretation set out a five-step process for amending the chief executive or Legco election process. These rules should not be bypassed by a pro-establishment camp eager to please Beijing.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee 2004 interpretation set out a five-step process for amending the chief executive or Legco election process. These rules should not be bypassed by a pro-establishment camp eager to please Beijing.

Hong Kong electoral reform is clearly set out in the Basic Law. Has the pro-establishment camp conveniently forgotten?
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Opinion | Hong Kong budget: handouts vital to tide over workers without income

With the jobless rate rising and unions seeing a need to support out-of-work Hongkongers, the government must respond. It’s also a good time to steer local business towards good corporate governance, to protect labour and environmental standards.

With the jobless rate rising and unions seeing a need to support out-of-work Hongkongers, the government must respond. It’s also a good time to steer local business towards good corporate governance, to protect labour and environmental standards.

Hong Kong budget: handouts vital to tide over workers without income
19 Feb 2021 - 8:31AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s troubled Ocean Park: time to let the government run the show

It is a good idea to revamp the park’s business model by opening the lower area to the public for free. But outsourcing retail and entertainment businesses to private companies will take the park further from its primary mission as a non-profit organisation.

It is a good idea to revamp the park’s business model by opening the lower area to the public for free. But outsourcing retail and entertainment businesses to private companies will take the park further from its primary mission as a non-profit organisation.

Hong Kong’s troubled Ocean Park: time to let the government run the show
5 Feb 2021 - 7:10AM
Opinion | Stripping British National (Overseas) passport holders of Hong Kong residency could spark another crisis

Given the number of Hongkongers who hold a foreign passport, it could spark a mass exodus and create a crisis we can ill afford. Regina Ip’s call for the national law disallowing dual citizenship to apply in Hong Kong ignores the historical context.

Given the number of Hongkongers who hold a foreign passport, it could spark a mass exodus and create a crisis we can ill afford. Regina Ip’s call for the national law disallowing dual citizenship to apply in Hong Kong ignores the historical context.

Stripping British National (Overseas) passport holders of Hong Kong residency could spark another crisis
2 Feb 2021 - 12:41PM
Opinion | As Hongkongers leave, will mainland-born elites take a more prominent role in the city’s politics?

A new party led by mainland-born businessmen has fuelled fears over Hong Kong’s changing political scene. With anxiety over the national security law expected to spark a wave of migration, the political order could be about to change.

A new party led by mainland-born businessmen has fuelled fears over Hong Kong’s changing political scene. With anxiety over the national security law expected to spark a wave of migration, the political order could be about to change.

As Hongkongers leave, will mainland-born elites take a more prominent role in the city’s politics?
8 Jan 2021 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Neutering the opposition in Hong Kong Legislative Council won’t improve governance, as Carrie Lam will find out

The NPC resolution to oust four pro-democracy legislators leaves Hong Kong legislature dominated by the pro-establishment camp, which Lam needs to remember answers to the Communist Party, not her.

The NPC resolution to oust four pro-democracy legislators leaves Hong Kong legislature dominated by the pro-establishment camp, which Lam needs to remember answers to the Communist Party, not her.

Neutering the opposition in Hong Kong Legislative Council won’t improve governance, as Carrie Lam will find out
27 Nov 2020 - 11:54AM
Opinion | Hongkongers must not misjudge Biden and the future of US-China relations

It would be unwise to characterise Biden as pro-China, especially if Hongkongers hope to gain the support of Western democracies. Hong Kong’s own democrats should take note of Biden’s acceptance speech, end their bitter divide and get the city back on track.

It would be unwise to characterise Biden as pro-China, especially if Hongkongers hope to gain the support of Western democracies. Hong Kong’s own democrats should take note of Biden’s acceptance speech, end their bitter divide and get the city back on track.

Hongkongers must not misjudge Biden and the future of US-China relations
13 Nov 2020 - 8:06AM
Opinion | NDP victory a reminder Canada is no utopia for those fleeing Hong Kong

The socialist-leaning party’s triumph means its economic policies of higher taxes, regulation and restrictions on real estate investment are likely to remain in place. On the political front, Hongkongers should not put much hope in an NDP-run British Columbia or a Liberal-run federal government to take a hard line against China.

The socialist-leaning party’s triumph means its economic policies of higher taxes, regulation and restrictions on real estate investment are likely to remain in place. On the political front, Hongkongers should not put much hope in an NDP-run British Columbia or a Liberal-run federal government to take a hard line against China.

NDP victory a reminder Canada is no utopia for those fleeing Hong Kong
30 Oct 2020 - 5:49AM
Opinion | US presidential election: Hong Kong democrats need not support Donald Trump to further their cause

Supporting the US president in his re-election bid puts Hong Kong’s democracy activists in the awkward position of backing an anti-democratic candidate. Moreover, the US Democratic Party has consistently supported Hong Kong and is likely to continue to do so.

Supporting the US president in his re-election bid puts Hong Kong’s democracy activists in the awkward position of backing an anti-democratic candidate. Moreover, the US Democratic Party has consistently supported Hong Kong and is likely to continue to do so.

US presidential election: Hong Kong democrats need not support Donald Trump to further their cause
16 Oct 2020 - 5:42AM
Opinion | Beijing’s attack on HSBC is a blow to Hongkongers, but all is not lost

In addition to regulatory hurdles and, more recently, the pandemic, HSBC has been caught up in the US-China tussle. Rumours that the bank may be placed on China’s ‘unreliable entity list’ have done the bank’s stock and its many local investors no favours.

In addition to regulatory hurdles and, more recently, the pandemic, HSBC has been caught up in the US-China tussle. Rumours that the bank may be placed on China’s ‘unreliable entity list’ have done the bank’s stock and its many local investors no favours.

Beijing’s attack on HSBC is a blow to Hongkongers, but all is not lost
2 Oct 2020 - 9:01AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must reject all pressure on judiciary to do the government’s bidding

Although separation of powers is not mentioned in the Basic Law, it is the de facto principle that underlies the independence of the city’s judiciary. The pro-Beijing camp must stop its attacks on the courts’ credibility.

Although separation of powers is not mentioned in the Basic Law, it is the de facto principle that underlies the independence of the city’s judiciary. The pro-Beijing camp must stop its attacks on the courts’ credibility.

Hong Kong must reject all pressure on judiciary to do the government’s bidding
18 Sep 2020 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Hongkongers won’t tolerate any police spin on Yuen Long mob attack

Public anger over a police superintendent’s attempt to write off the violence on July 21 as a fight between two groups of people, despite widely seen footage showing otherwise, can only be pacified by an independent investigation into what happened.

Public anger over a police superintendent’s attempt to write off the violence on July 21 as a fight between two groups of people, despite widely seen footage showing otherwise, can only be pacified by an independent investigation into what happened.

Hongkongers won’t tolerate any police spin on Yuen Long mob attack
4 Sep 2020 - 7:18AM
Opinion | Legco term extension poses a dilemma for opposition lawmakers, but they must stay and fight

If the opposition legislators who have been disqualified from the elections stay, they will be condemned by localists. But if the pro-democracy camp boycotts Legco, who will speak out against controversial government proposals?

If the opposition legislators who have been disqualified from the elections stay, they will be condemned by localists. But if the pro-democracy camp boycotts Legco, who will speak out against controversial government proposals?

Legco term extension poses a dilemma for opposition lawmakers, but they must stay and fight
21 Aug 2020 - 7:11AM
Opinion | China must not force Hong Kong’s BN(O) passport holders to choose sides

Beijing’s threat to revoke recognition of the BN(O) passport as a travel document has raised fears it may soon strip holders of their Hong Kong residency and other privileges.

Beijing’s threat to revoke recognition of the BN(O) passport as a travel document has raised fears it may soon strip holders of their Hong Kong residency and other privileges.

China must not force Hong Kong’s BN(O) passport holders to choose sides
2 Feb 2021 - 12:32PM
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.

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
24 Jul 2020 - 8:41AM
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.

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
10 Jul 2020 - 5:04AM
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.

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
20 Oct 2020 - 1:35PM
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.

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
12 Jun 2020 - 9:30AM
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.

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
29 May 2020 - 10:30AM
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.

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
15 May 2020 - 6:32AM
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.

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
1 May 2020 - 1:52AM
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?

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
17 Apr 2020 - 1:08PM
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

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
25 Nov 2020 - 9:03PM
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.

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
20 Mar 2020 - 7:11AM
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.

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
6 Mar 2020 - 8:51AM
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.

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
21 Feb 2020 - 6:42AM
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.

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
7 Feb 2020 - 6:00AM
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.

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
17 Feb 2020 - 2:32PM
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.

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
10 Jan 2020 - 6:53AM
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.

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
27 Dec 2019 - 7:37AM