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".  
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 | In a smarter budget, Hong Kong would spend HK$20 billion on buying back Link Reit and improving welfare

The budget proposal to buy private properties to set up welfare facilities has come under fire, and the welfare secretary has said the government will not buy them from Link Reit. Actually, a smarter solution would be to buy back Link Reit.

8 Mar 2019 - 9:27AM
In a smarter budget, Hong Kong would spend HK$20 billion on buying back Link Reit and improving welfare

The budget proposal to buy private properties to set up welfare facilities has come under fire, and the welfare secretary has said the government will not buy them from Link Reit. Actually, a smarter solution would be to buy back Link Reit.

Opinion | Spurned by the West, China should still find friends in tycoons like Li Ka-shing

Patriotic tycoons like Li Ka-shing not only have substantial investments overseas but also vision. The US-led effort to stifle China’s technological development, now centred on resisting Huawei, cannot succeed if Beijing works with the business elite.

22 Feb 2019 - 5:13AM
Spurned by the West, China should still find friends in tycoons like Li Ka-shing

Patriotic tycoons like Li Ka-shing not only have substantial investments overseas but also vision. The US-led effort to stifle China’s technological development, now centred on resisting Huawei, cannot succeed if Beijing works with the business elite.

Opinion | Buying back Western Harbour Tunnel should be Hong Kong’s first step in creating a better transport system

The plan to raise toll fees on two crossings while making a token reduction on the privately run third won’t ease congestion. Taking the western tunnel, MTR and all bus companies into public ownership is the only way forward.

25 Jan 2019 - 7:52AM
Buying back Western Harbour Tunnel should be Hong Kong’s first step in creating a better transport system

The plan to raise toll fees on two crossings while making a token reduction on the privately run third won’t ease congestion. Taking the western tunnel, MTR and all bus companies into public ownership is the only way forward.

Opinion | Are Hongkongers getting the best deal out of Kai Tak Sports Park?

The generous terms in the contract awarded to a New World subsidiary to design, build and run the Kai Tak Sports Park raises questions about whether the Hong Kong public could have got a better deal.

10 Jan 2019 - 8:04PM
Are Hongkongers getting the best deal out of Kai Tak Sports Park?

The generous terms in the contract awarded to a New World subsidiary to design, build and run the Kai Tak Sports Park raises questions about whether the Hong Kong public could have got a better deal.

Opinion | How pan-democrats can win back the public: show real commitment in the legislature, avoid empty posturing

The pro-democracy camp in the Legislative Council is being oppressed and not fighting back. To regain the role of government monitor, the pan-dems should join, and claim bigger roles in, all Legco committees.

13 Dec 2018 - 7:46PM
How pan-democrats can win back the public: show real commitment in the legislature, avoid empty posturing

The pro-democracy camp in the Legislative Council is being oppressed and not fighting back. To regain the role of government monitor, the pan-dems should join, and claim bigger roles in, all Legco committees.

Opinion | Lee Cheuk-yan’s by-election defeat is a wake-up call for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp

Hong Kong’s pro-democrats need to come back down to earth, and the grass roots, if they are to have any hope of keeping their seats in the upcoming elections and regaining their veto power.

30 Nov 2018 - 9:41AM
Lee Cheuk-yan’s by-election defeat is a wake-up call for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp

Hong Kong’s pro-democrats need to come back down to earth, and the grass roots, if they are to have any hope of keeping their seats in the upcoming elections and regaining their veto power.

Opinion | Why Hong Kong should give up some country park land in exchange for shelving Lantau reclamation

Even 5 per cent of our country parks could provide enough land for housing for decades without the expense and inefficiency of reclamation.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Why Hong Kong should give up some country park land in exchange for shelving Lantau reclamation

Even 5 per cent of our country parks could provide enough land for housing for decades without the expense and inefficiency of reclamation.

Opinion | Can you be evicted from your flat for late-night cooking? In Hong Kong, the answer could be yes

The Housing Authority is abusing its penalty points system. Recently, it imposed a restriction on making cooking noises in a public estate, and evicted an elderly dementia patient from her flat.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM
Can you be evicted from your flat for late-night cooking? In Hong Kong, the answer could be yes

The Housing Authority is abusing its penalty points system. Recently, it imposed a restriction on making cooking noises in a public estate, and evicted an elderly dementia patient from her flat.

Who will benefit most from Carrie Lam’s vision for Hong Kong? Real estate developers, of course

The chief executive’s Lantau reclamation project and other housing proposals seem designed to benefit big business, starting with the mainland Chinese construction sector.

18 Oct 2018 - 8:17PM
Who will benefit most from Carrie Lam’s vision for Hong Kong? Real estate developers, of course

The chief executive’s Lantau reclamation project and other housing proposals seem designed to benefit big business, starting with the mainland Chinese construction sector.

As an MTR project resumes, does it mean sinking safety standards in Hong Kong?

The government owes the public a clear explanation of why it has revised acceptable subsidence levels for the troubled Sha Tin-Central rail link project. Hong Kong is a city that values transparency, which Carrie Lam should keep in mind.

4 Oct 2018 - 7:42PM
As an MTR project resumes, does it mean sinking safety standards in Hong Kong?

The government owes the public a clear explanation of why it has revised acceptable subsidence levels for the troubled Sha Tin-Central rail link project. Hong Kong is a city that values transparency, which Carrie Lam should keep in mind.

Opinion | Hong Kong did not have a plan for the morning after Typhoon Mangkhut. Blame the government

Government officials have again proved that they live in an ivory tower. Carrie Lam’s administration failed to consider what the Monday morning after the super typhoon would be like for the thousands of Hongkongers facing long commutes.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Hong Kong did not have a plan for the morning after Typhoon Mangkhut. Blame the government

Government officials have again proved that they live in an ivory tower. Carrie Lam’s administration failed to consider what the Monday morning after the super typhoon would be like for the thousands of Hongkongers facing long commutes.

What Hong Kong’s university admissions say about social inequality, and the need for medical sector reform

The uproar over non-Jupas applicants taking up a large share of seats in prestigious courses such as medicine could be addressed by allowing doctors trained overseas to practise in Hong Kong, easing the competition for medical places here.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
What Hong Kong’s university admissions say about social inequality, and the need for medical sector reform

The uproar over non-Jupas applicants taking up a large share of seats in prestigious courses such as medicine could be addressed by allowing doctors trained overseas to practise in Hong Kong, easing the competition for medical places here.

MTR Corp buy-back is the government’s best shot at solving Hong Kong’s transport problems

The MTR’s rail business should be hived off and taken into public ownership to put public interest over profit. While they’re at it, the government should also acquire the bus companies and cross-harbour tunnels to rationalise the entire transport system.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
MTR Corp buy-back is the government’s best shot at solving Hong Kong’s transport problems

The MTR’s rail business should be hived off and taken into public ownership to put public interest over profit. While they’re at it, the government should also acquire the bus companies and cross-harbour tunnels to rationalise the entire transport system.

For now, there’s no shame in Hong Kong being a ‘city of public housing’

Public housing should be built on a large scale, though the failure of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s six measures to cool Hong Kong’s housing market highlights the need for the government to follow Singapore in delinking public housing prices from the private market.

10 Aug 2018 - 6:04AM
For now, there’s no shame in Hong Kong being a ‘city of public housing’

Public housing should be built on a large scale, though the failure of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s six measures to cool Hong Kong’s housing market highlights the need for the government to follow Singapore in delinking public housing prices from the private market.

Opinion | Is there a point to Hong Kong’s pan-democrat camp? Only if it can unite and regain the veto power in Legco

Having lost the power to block government bills in the Legislative Council, the pan-democrats must find a way to convince the public they are still relevant.

27 Jul 2018 - 6:11AM
Is there a point to Hong Kong’s pan-democrat camp? Only if it can unite and regain the veto power in Legco

Having lost the power to block government bills in the Legislative Council, the pan-democrats must find a way to convince the public they are still relevant.

Opinion | If Singapore is now Hong Kong’s political role model, will it also inspire housing policy?

To solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis, the government should completely delink subsidised housing prices from the market.

13 Jul 2018 - 6:08AM
If Singapore is now Hong Kong’s political role model, will it also inspire housing policy?

To solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis, the government should completely delink subsidised housing prices from the market.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers can win back public support by being practical instead of petty

The pan-democrat camp is losing ground but can rally by focusing on constructive projects instead of each party’s own political interests.

28 Jun 2018 - 8:11PM
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers can win back public support by being practical instead of petty

The pan-democrat camp is losing ground but can rally by focusing on constructive projects instead of each party’s own political interests.

Opinion | Call of Canada: why Hongkongers are leaving for a second time

The growing number of people who are making the move West – including a sizeable group leaving Hong Kong a second time – go in search of better opportunities, more affordable housing and better education

15 Jun 2018 - 2:44PM
Call of Canada: why Hongkongers are leaving for a second time

The growing number of people who are making the move West – including a sizeable group leaving Hong Kong a second time – go in search of better opportunities, more affordable housing and better education

Foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong deserve a proper place to meet on their days off

A legislator’s insensitive remarks nevertheless highlighted a real need in Hong Kong – our 380,000 helpers should have a place to meet, rest and enjoy themselves and not be forced to gather in public spaces.

31 May 2018 - 9:03PM
Foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong deserve a proper place to meet on their days off

A legislator’s insensitive remarks nevertheless highlighted a real need in Hong Kong – our 380,000 helpers should have a place to meet, rest and enjoy themselves and not be forced to gather in public spaces.

Blame Hong Kong’s selfish employers for the deadlock on MPF offsetting mechanism

Workers deserve a fairer deal, and employers who have benefited from the arrangement over the past 18 years should not stand in the way of the government doing the right thing now.

17 May 2018 - 7:39PM
Blame Hong Kong’s selfish employers for the deadlock on MPF offsetting mechanism

Workers deserve a fairer deal, and employers who have benefited from the arrangement over the past 18 years should not stand in the way of the government doing the right thing now.

Opinion | Phone-snatch row: Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui should have resigned to keep his dignity

Democratic Party legislator Ted Hui is owed some loyalty by fellow democrats over unfair criticism, but what he did was wrong and he should have taken responsibility for his reckless behaviour

5 May 2018 - 7:52PM
Phone-snatch row: Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui should have resigned to keep his dignity

Democratic Party legislator Ted Hui is owed some loyalty by fellow democrats over unfair criticism, but what he did was wrong and he should have taken responsibility for his reckless behaviour

Ticket scalping in Hong Kong is just business and should not be overly regulated

The resale of tickets for concerts and sporting events is a common business practice that should be allowed to thrive in a free-market economy. Recent calls to crack down on touts go too far.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Ticket scalping in Hong Kong is just business and should not be overly regulated

The resale of tickets for concerts and sporting events is a common business practice that should be allowed to thrive in a free-market economy. Recent calls to crack down on touts go too far.

Hong Kong must legalise Uber and defuse escalating row with taxi trade

The government must accept Uber as part of the city’s transport solutions. This means bringing it under regulation, which may help pacify anger in the taxi trade.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong must legalise Uber and defuse escalating row with taxi trade

The government must accept Uber as part of the city’s transport solutions. This means bringing it under regulation, which may help pacify anger in the taxi trade.

Why is Hong Kong not protecting its people’s housing rights, as Vancouver does?

A tax on vacant property will do little to increase the supply of affordable housing. Hong Kong should learn from Vancouver, which has a raft of measures in place to ensure adequate housing for sale and rent.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Why is Hong Kong not protecting its people’s housing rights, as Vancouver does?

A tax on vacant property will do little to increase the supply of affordable housing. Hong Kong should learn from Vancouver, which has a raft of measures in place to ensure adequate housing for sale and rent.

Hong Kong government must stop giving Ocean Park and Disneyland a free ride

The 2018 Hong Kong budget has failed to deliver, and it’s time the government reassessed the city’s two loss-making theme parks that do not live up to their promises to the public.

8 Mar 2018 - 6:33PM
Hong Kong government must stop giving Ocean Park and Disneyland a free ride

The 2018 Hong Kong budget has failed to deliver, and it’s time the government reassessed the city’s two loss-making theme parks that do not live up to their promises to the public.

Hong Kong’s struggling public hospitals need a transfusion of doctors and nurses from overseas

The government needs to be proactive in tackling the chronic shortage of medical practitioners in public hospitals.

22 Feb 2018 - 7:33PM
Hong Kong’s struggling public hospitals need a transfusion of doctors and nurses from overseas

The government needs to be proactive in tackling the chronic shortage of medical practitioners in public hospitals.

Why is Hong Kong not defending Cathay Pacific’s safety record?

Cathay’s fall from first to 12th in an airline safety ranking stems from opaque changes to the assessment criteria. Officials have let Hong Kong down by not defending Cathay’s – and the city’s – reputation for safety.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Why is Hong Kong not defending Cathay Pacific’s safety record?

Cathay’s fall from first to 12th in an airline safety ranking stems from opaque changes to the assessment criteria. Officials have let Hong Kong down by not defending Cathay’s – and the city’s – reputation for safety.

Hong Kong should replace its justice chief Teresa Cheng, and refine rules on illegal structures

The chief executive should take the opportunity to resolve the long-standing problem of unauthorised building works in Hong Kong homes.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong should replace its justice chief Teresa Cheng, and refine rules on illegal structures

The chief executive should take the opportunity to resolve the long-standing problem of unauthorised building works in Hong Kong homes.

Hong Kong must stand up to the Link Reit for the sake of grass-roots families in public housing

Vulnerable public housing residents are paying the price for the listing of the Link Reit. The government could offer ancillary amenities to those most affected.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong must stand up to the Link Reit for the sake of grass-roots families in public housing

Vulnerable public housing residents are paying the price for the listing of the Link Reit. The government could offer ancillary amenities to those most affected.

In Hong Kong, domestic helpers and distant parents created a disaffected ‘Me Generation’

Smaller one- or two-child families and abundant domestic helpers – even for middle- and working-class households – has resulted in a generation that can’t care for itself.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
In Hong Kong, domestic helpers and distant parents created a disaffected ‘Me Generation’

Smaller one- or two-child families and abundant domestic helpers – even for middle- and working-class households – has resulted in a generation that can’t care for itself.

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