Bernard Chan

Bernard Chan

Bernard Charnwut Chan, born in 1965, is a Hong Kong politician and businessman. He is the grandson of Chin Sophonpanich, the late founder of Bangkok Bank. He is currently convenor of Hong Kong's Executive Council.

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Opinion | How zero-Covid Hong Kong can re-emerge as Asia’s world city

Given our reliance on trade and a sound economy, one of the best ways to move forward is to raise our vaccination rate to 90 per cent. Unlike their peers in the rest of the world, Cathay aircrew have had to spend countless nights in quarantine overseas and in Hong Kong.

Given our reliance on trade and a sound economy, one of the best ways to move forward is to raise our vaccination rate to 90 per cent. Unlike their peers in the rest of the world, Cathay aircrew have had to spend countless nights in quarantine overseas and in Hong Kong.

14 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hybrid working: the pandemic trend of 2021 is here to stay

As Covid-19 has driven employees to work from home, many have benefited from more flexible hours and an end to long commutes. However, the merging of work and home life, as well as the inability to take a holiday, has led to increased burnout and isolation.

As Covid-19 has driven employees to work from home, many have benefited from more flexible hours and an end to long commutes. However, the merging of work and home life, as well as the inability to take a holiday, has led to increased burnout and isolation.

31 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | In praise of Hong Kong’s MTR – still one of the best in the world

Recent mishaps loom large but our MTR remains world class in efficiency, self-financing and with art for public enjoyment offered in stations. We may not always appreciate our MTR, but others around the world do

Recent mishaps loom large but our MTR remains world class in efficiency, self-financing and with art for public enjoyment offered in stations. We may not always appreciate our MTR, but others around the world do

17 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Chinese scientists targeted by anti-Asian hate in America may find welcome in Hong Kong

As Chinese academics in America report experiencing an atmosphere of fear and blame amid US-China tensions, Hong Kong could prove an attractive alternative.

As Chinese academics in America report experiencing an atmosphere of fear and blame amid US-China tensions, Hong Kong could prove an attractive alternative.

3 Dec 2021 - 8:15AM
Opinion | When the Hong Kong Observatory does such a good job, why do we complain so much about it?

Its work is much misunderstood and its typhoon and rainstorm signals attract complaints. Yet the Observatory’s forecast accuracy is much higher than the public realises and it has won international recognition for its work.

Its work is much misunderstood and its typhoon and rainstorm signals attract complaints. Yet the Observatory’s forecast accuracy is much higher than the public realises and it has won international recognition for its work.

19 Nov 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs to reform legal aid system to prevent further abuse and maintain its integrity

Legal aid in Hong Kong is more generous and comprehensive than in many other jurisdictions. Cases without merit should be monitored more closely so legitimate cases can be better supported and public funds better used.

Legal aid in Hong Kong is more generous and comprehensive than in many other jurisdictions. Cases without merit should be monitored more closely so legitimate cases can be better supported and public funds better used.

5 Nov 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Time for Hong Kong to control its roaming wild boars before we are overrun, like Rome

Despite the many popular videos of them on social media, wild boars have ceased to be cute and are increasingly a menace. It is time to reconsider the measures taken against them before the problem grows out of hand, as it has in other cities.

Despite the many popular videos of them on social media, wild boars have ceased to be cute and are increasingly a menace. It is time to reconsider the measures taken against them before the problem grows out of hand, as it has in other cities.

22 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s climate action must involve more than just the public sector

The government is committed to combating climate change. But for us to achieve sustainable development goals, both private and public sectors must effect the necessary changes in our laws and behaviour.

The government is committed to combating climate change. But for us to achieve sustainable development goals, both private and public sectors must effect the necessary changes in our laws and behaviour.

8 Oct 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong is truly proud of its Paralympic athletes, the city should be more disabled-friendly

Few would describe Hong Kong as disabled-friendly. With its crowded streets, old buildings and narrow pavements, getting from one place to another can be difficult for the able-bodied, let alone those with disabilities.

Few would describe Hong Kong as disabled-friendly. With its crowded streets, old buildings and narrow pavements, getting from one place to another can be difficult for the able-bodied, let alone those with disabilities.

24 Sep 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s judiciary remains fiercely independent, and here’s the evidence

Top international judges still serve on Hong Kong’s highest court and attest to its independence. The city is also routinely ranked higher than many of its vocal critics – including the US and Britain – in measures of rule of law and judicial independence.

Top international judges still serve on Hong Kong’s highest court and attest to its independence. The city is also routinely ranked higher than many of its vocal critics – including the US and Britain – in measures of rule of law and judicial independence.

10 Sep 2021 - 6:15AM
Opinion | Is Hong Kong’s strict quarantine and zero-Covid policy sustainable?

Should Hong Kong continue a policy that protects the wilfully unvaccinated at high cost to personal freedoms and the economy? Should we put the onus on vaccine holdouts to protect themselves? For now, Hong Kong continues to put public health first.

Should Hong Kong continue a policy that protects the wilfully unvaccinated at high cost to personal freedoms and the economy? Should we put the onus on vaccine holdouts to protect themselves? For now, Hong Kong continues to put public health first.

27 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Sports investment brings its own rewards as Hong Kong celebrates its best Olympics

Billions in government and corporate funding have been poured into sports through the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Kai Tak Sports Park project and more. The best return on that investment? Hongkongers setting differences aside to cheer on our athletes in Tokyo

Billions in government and corporate funding have been poured into sports through the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Kai Tak Sports Park project and more. The best return on that investment? Hongkongers setting differences aside to cheer on our athletes in Tokyo

13 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | China’s much-maligned SOEs should be seen more as social enterprises

The dominance of Chinese state-owned enterprises has become a source of friction with global markets. But, as well as seeking maximum profits, they also play a special role by maintaining social stability, often behaving counter to market forces.

The dominance of Chinese state-owned enterprises has become a source of friction with global markets. But, as well as seeking maximum profits, they also play a special role by maintaining social stability, often behaving counter to market forces.

30 Jul 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s rent control bill won’t please everyone but it’s a start

The tenancy control bill for subdivided flats does not alleviate the underlying issue of a shortage of affordable housing. But it would help people live more securely

The tenancy control bill for subdivided flats does not alleviate the underlying issue of a shortage of affordable housing. But it would help people live more securely

16 Jul 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s pandemic Catch-22: how to reopen international and mainland borders

Hong Kong is an international city, yet highly dependent on the flow of goods and people from the mainland. We face a huge challenge: how to open up to international travel, while maintaining zero infections so our border with the mainland can reopen.

Hong Kong is an international city, yet highly dependent on the flow of goods and people from the mainland. We face a huge challenge: how to open up to international travel, while maintaining zero infections so our border with the mainland can reopen.

2 Jul 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Greater Bay Area: Hong Kong’s youth should grab the help and opportunities on offer

Young people have been offered a choice of employment schemes and mentorship programmes – they ignore the potential of the Greater Bay Area at their own peril.

Young people have been offered a choice of employment schemes and mentorship programmes – they ignore the potential of the Greater Bay Area at their own peril.

18 Jun 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must allow in overseas-trained doctors, or suffer the public health consequences

It is time to make the necessary changes to boost our supply of public doctors to address a critical need. If we do not, we risk jeopardising the quality of our health care services, which means citizens are likely to suffer adverse outcomes.

It is time to make the necessary changes to boost our supply of public doctors to address a critical need. If we do not, we risk jeopardising the quality of our health care services, which means citizens are likely to suffer adverse outcomes.

4 Jun 2021 - 6:58AM
Opinion | Time for all of Hong Kong to pitch in and encourage Covid-19 vaccinations

Hongkongers have not rushed out to get vaccinated despite having a vaccine choice and an efficient sign-up process. Businesses and universities here and abroad are becoming more proactive in encouraging vaccinations, in an effort to return to normality.

Hongkongers have not rushed out to get vaccinated despite having a vaccine choice and an efficient sign-up process. Businesses and universities here and abroad are becoming more proactive in encouraging vaccinations, in an effort to return to normality.

21 May 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | No room for Nimbyism as Hong Kong seeks space for its dead and daily waste

We should take collective – and creative – responsibility for the columbariums, incinerators and landfills we need, not push them onto someone else’s back (or front) yard.

We should take collective – and creative – responsibility for the columbariums, incinerators and landfills we need, not push them onto someone else’s back (or front) yard.

7 May 2021 - 6:51AM
Opinion | Why gender diversity makes good business and social sense for Hong Kong firms

An unaccommodating work culture that pushes women out of career tracks hurts those women as well as Hong Kong’s economy. Gender diversity is key to Hong Kong’s long-term economic recovery from the pandemic.

An unaccommodating work culture that pushes women out of career tracks hurts those women as well as Hong Kong’s economy. Gender diversity is key to Hong Kong’s long-term economic recovery from the pandemic.

26 Apr 2021 - 11:20AM
Opinion | Hong Kong electoral reform a timely cure for Legislative Council paralysis

Taxpayers should welcome the revamp, which will broaden representation in a legislature previously dominated by special interest groups representing their industry or district. The upgrade should result in more efficient decision-making in the government.

Taxpayers should welcome the revamp, which will broaden representation in a legislature previously dominated by special interest groups representing their industry or district. The upgrade should result in more efficient decision-making in the government.

9 Apr 2021 - 5:41AM
Opinion | Art censorship: why the Hong Kong government has no business playing cultural gatekeeper

Bureaucrats have a dismal track record when it comes to deciding what can be exhibited. Much better to leave it to the professionals. If Hong Kong’s image as an open, tolerant and cosmopolitan city is damaged, the hard work we have put into building its art infrastructure will be wasted as well.

Bureaucrats have a dismal track record when it comes to deciding what can be exhibited. Much better to leave it to the professionals. If Hong Kong’s image as an open, tolerant and cosmopolitan city is damaged, the hard work we have put into building its art infrastructure will be wasted as well.

26 Mar 2021 - 6:30AM
Opinion | How to stop anti-Asian racist hate crimes from surging in times of economic and political tension

In a world reeling from pandemic-induced crises, it is easy to pin the blame on ‘others’ – and China is an easy target. We can discourage racism through education and by not voting for leaders who use race as a divisive tactic.

In a world reeling from pandemic-induced crises, it is easy to pin the blame on ‘others’ – and China is an easy target. We can discourage racism through education and by not voting for leaders who use race as a divisive tactic.

22 Apr 2021 - 3:59PM
Opinion | The sooner Hong Kong is vaccinated, the sooner we can be free again

People should get the jab as soon as possible – like wearing masks, vaccination is a community responsibility that will allow us to achieve herd immunity quicker, start reopening borders and return to a normal life.

People should get the jab as soon as possible – like wearing masks, vaccination is a community responsibility that will allow us to achieve herd immunity quicker, start reopening borders and return to a normal life.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | To stay or go? Hong Kong remains the best choice, but it can do more to retain its home-grown talent

Every Hongkonger who moves away is a loss for family and friends, and for the city. While fewer may leave under the BN(O) visa scheme than Britain predicts, we need to create a better city for new talent and existing residents alike.

Every Hongkonger who moves away is a loss for family and friends, and for the city. While fewer may leave under the BN(O) visa scheme than Britain predicts, we need to create a better city for new talent and existing residents alike.

12 Feb 2021 - 6:50AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s fourth wave: crumbling Yau Tsim Mong’s overdue repairs more urgent than ever in pandemic

Densely populated with old, subdivided flats in poor repair, the Kowloon district has, unsurprisingly, become a centre of Covid-19 contagion. Immediate action is needed to tackle the dilapidated housing and poor living conditions.

Densely populated with old, subdivided flats in poor repair, the Kowloon district has, unsurprisingly, become a centre of Covid-19 contagion. Immediate action is needed to tackle the dilapidated housing and poor living conditions.

29 Jan 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s 21-day coronavirus quarantine must remain, let’s make it less painful

The city’s demanding restrictions on returning residents have disrupted plans and imposed a mental and financial strains on many. More should be done to make Hongkongers comfortable and healthy in quarantine, and ensure hotels are affordable.

The city’s demanding restrictions on returning residents have disrupted plans and imposed a mental and financial strains on many. More should be done to make Hongkongers comfortable and healthy in quarantine, and ensure hotels are affordable.

15 Jan 2021 - 7:01AM
Opinion | Mass Covid-19 vaccinations are the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021

The most important thing is to get as many Hongkongers vaccinated as possible. Giving people a choice of vaccines will boost confidence. No matter where the vaccines are from, they will be subject to stringent reviews and quality tests.

The most important thing is to get as many Hongkongers vaccinated as possible. Giving people a choice of vaccines will boost confidence. No matter where the vaccines are from, they will be subject to stringent reviews and quality tests.

1 Jan 2021 - 10:28AM
Opinion | Lessons of the Cold War – and the hot one in ancient Greece – are not lost on China and the US

War is not inevitable – Washington and Beijing are going through a low point in their relations, but the incoming Biden administration is likely to bring positive change.

War is not inevitable – Washington and Beijing are going through a low point in their relations, but the incoming Biden administration is likely to bring positive change.

18 Dec 2020 - 7:12AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong aviation is going to come back stronger – with Beijing’s blessing

Hong Kong remains the world’s top air cargo port. Beijing’s green light for the integration of Zhuhai and Hong Kong airports has put paid to speculation that it was favouring Shenzhen as the aviation hub for the Greater Bay Area.

Hong Kong remains the world’s top air cargo port. Beijing’s green light for the integration of Zhuhai and Hong Kong airports has put paid to speculation that it was favouring Shenzhen as the aviation hub for the Greater Bay Area.

4 Dec 2020 - 6:47AM