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Opinion | If the extradition bill is not withdrawn, Carrie Lam must resign for the sake of Hong Kong and its people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If the extradition bill is not withdrawn, Carrie Lam must resign for the sake of Hong Kong and its people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

7 Sep 2018 - 9:45AM

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.

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

24 Aug 2018 - 5:02AM

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

19 Apr 2018 - 9:03PM

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.

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

5 Apr 2018 - 9:56PM

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.

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