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 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
Opinion | A U-turn on Hong Kong’s extradition law is the only way Carrie Lam can defuse the political crisis

The government’s haste in trying to push through this law recalls the crisis over Article 23 in 2003. Now, as then, public fears are justified and must be addressed before any new laws are passed.

31 May 2019 - 7:00AM

The government’s haste in trying to push through this law recalls the crisis over Article 23 in 2003. Now, as then, public fears are justified and must be addressed before any new laws are passed.

A U-turn on Hong Kong’s extradition law is the only way Carrie Lam can defuse the political crisis
Opinion | Hong Kong’s new extradition law will pass but the fight for the city’s autonomy is not lost

It’s only a matter of time before the amendment bill overcomes all opposition to become law. Despite the setback, the pan-democrats should ride on the expected voter backlash to wrest veto power from pro-Beijing lawmakers in the next elections.

17 May 2019 - 7:00AM

It’s only a matter of time before the amendment bill overcomes all opposition to become law. Despite the setback, the pan-democrats should ride on the expected voter backlash to wrest veto power from pro-Beijing lawmakers in the next elections.

Hong Kong’s new extradition law will pass but the fight for the city’s autonomy is not lost
Opinion | Vancouver’s ‘spicy measures’ have worked to lower property prices. Why haven’t Hong Kong’s?

A series of taxes imposed in the city and the wider British Columbia province supports the government’s determination to rein in prices. A good place to start would be Hong Kong’s proposed vacancy tax.

3 May 2019 - 10:00AM

A series of taxes imposed in the city and the wider British Columbia province supports the government’s determination to rein in prices. A good place to start would be Hong Kong’s proposed vacancy tax.

Vancouver’s ‘spicy measures’ have worked to lower property prices. Why haven’t Hong Kong’s?
Opinion | Why the government should sideline the Medical Council and let in foreign-trained doctors

The Medical Council clearly cannot be trusted to do the right thing and let in more much-needed foreign-trained doctors. In a rare show of unity, lawmakers from across the spectrum have urged the government to intervene – and it must.

19 Apr 2019 - 9:09AM

The Medical Council clearly cannot be trusted to do the right thing and let in more much-needed foreign-trained doctors. In a rare show of unity, lawmakers from across the spectrum have urged the government to intervene – and it must.

Why the government should sideline the Medical Council and let in foreign-trained doctors
Opinion | Hong Kong’s extradition bill should strike fear in all who do business in China, exemptions notwithstanding

Despite their initial reservations, Hong Kong’s local business groups appear to be leaning towards support for the government’s revised bill. It would be a mistake, as they remain vulnerable to being targeted for prosecution on the mainland.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM

Despite their initial reservations, Hong Kong’s local business groups appear to be leaning towards support for the government’s revised bill. It would be a mistake, as they remain vulnerable to being targeted for prosecution on the mainland.

Hong Kong’s extradition bill should strike fear in all who do business in China, exemptions notwithstanding
Opinion | A solution to Hong Kong’s public health crisis is in the hands of its doctors

In the spirit of public service, they must drop their objection to overseas-trained professionals, which in the short term remains the only viable solution to the manpower shortage in Hong Kong’s public hospitals.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:41AM

In the spirit of public service, they must drop their objection to overseas-trained professionals, which in the short term remains the only viable solution to the manpower shortage in Hong Kong’s public hospitals.

A solution to Hong Kong’s public health crisis is in the hands of its doctors
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

16 Nov 2018 - 8:50AM

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

Why Hong Kong should give up some country park land in exchange for shelving Lantau 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.

2 Nov 2018 - 1:42PM

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

21 Sep 2018 - 12:44PM

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.

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