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Tanna Chong

Companies have rented backup offices to prepare for potential disruption by the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, business insiders say.

Dozens of opponents of the government's development plan for the northeastern New Territories breached security cordons and stormed the legislative building in Admiralty yesterday.

Local newspaper and internet cartoonists are using their talents to highlight the importance of freedom of speech and the press.

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More death threats appear to have been issued to residents at a Sha Tin estate who are campaigning against contractors who rig tenders in order to win lucrative maintenance projects.

Occupy Central organiser Benny Tai Yiu-ting said last month that he and his fellow activists would not change or add questions to the ballot to be held this month to determine the public's preference for electoral reform.

Basic Law Committee member Professor Rao Geping will be among the speakers at a political reform seminar organised by moderate pan-democratic lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah to promote discussion of issues other than public nomination.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is known for its enthusiastic support for the government - but it has inadvertently revealed even deeper ties; the administration is apparently giving its lawmakers questions to put to officials.

The Occupy Central pro-democracy movement would not damage the city's rule of law as long as it remained peaceful, the chief of the police watchdog said on his last day in office.

Organisers of the vigil commemorating the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown have hit back at critics who say it is now purely ceremonial.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying wrote to Jasper Tsang Yok-sing reminding him to "take lawmakers' unruly behaviour seriously", the Legislative Council president disclosed.

A leading Beijing-loyalist politician has suggested a cross-party coalition could help reach a deal on the highly charged issue of electoral reform.

Pan-democrats yesterday accused Beijing of extending its repression to Hong Kong after a Taiwanese scholar coming for a conference on the Tiananmen Square crackdown was denied entry because his travel permit had been cancelled.

The international business community in Hong Kong is deeply concerned about the city's electoral reform and governance issues, the British consul general in Hong Kong says.

Organisers of Occupy Central say they will promote the political reform proposal that wins the most votes in a civil referendum next month - even if a greater number of voters register abstentions.

Independent lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen has denied having any hidden agenda when he went into talks with the central government's top representative in Hong Kong on Wednesday without notifying fellow pan-democrats or the media beforehand.

Undersecretary for commerce and economic development Godfrey Leung King-kwok enjoyed his 15 minutes of "fame" after Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing failed to recognise him at a meeting last week.

Two-thirds of residents disagree with the grounds radical pan-democratic lawmakers have cited in launching filibusters in the legislature, a Chinese University poll shows.

Lawmakers will have a chance to block any changes to a controversial property-cooling measure before they take effect after a concession from the government.

An outspoken property agency boss and moderate pan-democrats are joining forces to test the public's views on a "middle way" for the first democratic election for chief executive in 2017.

Well-known Macau entrepreneur and a former vice-chairman of the country's top political advisory body, Ma Man-kei, died on Monday in Beijing aged 94.

After more than five decades of power-broking between the government and the people, the Heung Yee Kuk chairman - known affectionately as "Uncle Fat" - plans to record all his experiences in a biography.

Hongkongers could have been forgiven for dismissing Benny Tai Yiu-ting as just an intellectual with his head in the clouds when he raised the idea of a democracy push through civil disobedience in January last year.

Lawmakers probing the handling of the government's HK$250 million Mega Events Fund yesterday accused officials of serious negligence or a cover-up when they failed to divulge key information in a funding application.

He has spent about 50 hours listening to debate over the budget bill, but Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing says he needs "a better reason" to end the filibustering.

A pro-democracy group headed by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's predecessor says it was "exceedingly discourteous" for Lam to brief media on results of the first reform consultation at an informal gathering.

Financial professionals fear influx of suspect money from mainland will have dire consequences for economic health of Hong Kong, says hedge fund manager.

The Alliance for True Democracy should dissolve after Occupy Central's citywide referendum on political reform next month, the Democratic Party says.

Senior officials prepared yesterday for crisis talks over the budget-bill filibuster amid warnings of a "fiscal cliff" looming next month if the bill is not passed this month.

Occupy Central organisers believe the handling of the third deliberation day - on which 2,500 voters shortlisted three radical proposals to go forward to a citywide referendum on political reform - was "undesirable".

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing yesterday warned of a "fiscal cliff" if the budget debate filibuster drags on.

Lawmakers were unimpressed by a government attempt to appease them with concessions on a deadlocked bill to affirm last year's doubling of stamp duty, introduced to cool the property market.

The convenor of an alliance of pan-democrat lawmakers has urged his camp to unite in opposition to the political screening of candidates for the 2017 chief executive election.

Locking down a city's business heart might seem like a radical action but a political middle path has been on the mind of Benny Tai Yiu-ting since he initiated the Occupy Central idea.

The MTR's controversial independent committee set up to investigate the fiasco over the corporation's delay in finishing a high-speed railway insists it will probe top management's role.

The organiser of a dragon dance parade lambasted in a government watchdog's report for its messy accounts has again delayed the submission of financial statements to the government.

Beijing's liaison office chief has reiterated that reform for the 2017 chief executive election must adhere to the Basic Law, a stance previously taken to rule out public nomination.

On the face of it, radical pan-democrats were the winners of Occupy Central's final "deliberation day". Their supporters ensured that all three proposals to be put to a public vote next month would see voters have the power to nominate candidates for chief executive in 2017.

Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung was unrepentant when asked about a video of him refusing to answer a reporter's question in English spread rapidly in recent days, receiving thousands of views.

Occupy Central's choice of three reform proposals for a public vote next month risks "disenfranchising" Hongkongers who do not want "confrontation" with Beijing, a group advocating a more moderate plan says.

Three proposals that push for public nomination of chief executive hopefuls in 2017, an idea already dismissed by Beijing, triumphed in Occupy Central's third and final 'deliberation day'.

The solicitors' professional body is staying silent on two key questions of political reform on which barristers have already stated their position.

An apology from the transport minister failed to quell mounting criticism in the legislature over a two-year delay in the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou.

Calls for an archive law have been heightened after it was revealed that two government bureaus have not stored a single file in the government archives for at least three years.

A pro-Beijing legal expert has backed the Bar Association's view that requiring 2017 chief executive candidates to win 50 per cent support from the nominating committee could be unconstitutional.

Pro-establishment and pan-democratic lawmakers pointed fingers at each other yesterday after radical pan-democrats' filibustering on the budget bill succeeded in having the debate postponed for a week.

The Civic Party will insist on meeting Beijing's liaison office chief as a group to discuss electoral reform, despite differences with one of its six lawmakers over public nomination.

The Bar Association's rejection of public nomination for the 2017 chief executive election has failed to sway pan-democrats on the issue of whether voters and parties should have the right to put up candidates.

The Civic Party has demanded that any meetings between it and Beijing officials be held at a neutral venue and be open for journalists to cover.

Supporters of the bloody June 4 crackdown in Tiananmen Square protested as the world's first permanent museum devoted to the 1989 democracy movement opened in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A top legal scholar has urged fellow democracy advocates to set aside their call for the public to be allowed to pick candidates for the 2017 chief executive election, for the greater good.

Former China Resources group chairman Song Lin was a director of two offshore companies along with another senior executive of the state-run conglomerate who is also being probed for corruption.

A district council meeting was left without a quorum yesterday after 18 councillors walked out as the environment minister was about to explain a controversial landfill extension plan.

State media weighed into the debate over a mainland child urinating in a Hong Kong street on Thursday, stating that both the youngster’s parents and those who so vocally objected to their actions needed to “raise their level of civilisation”.

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Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun says his business-friendly group has nothing to fear from legislation to open up parties' finances to public scrutiny - unlike the pan-democratic camp.

Dozens of the city's financial and banking high-fliers have issued an open letter to President Xi Jinping demanding universal suffrage and the protection of Hong Kong's core values.

Under fire from mainland interests for a trip to the US and Canada, former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang yesterday appealed to Beijing to consider the electoral reform plan put forward by her group on its merits.

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Beijing's propaganda mouthpieces are taking turns to lambast two of the elder statesmen of Hong Kong's democracy movement, saying their visit to North America was "inviting foreign intervention".

The accusations against the Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza were filed with the Independent Commission Against Corruption by the Democratic Party yesterday.

Lawmakers say they will launch an investigation into the delay in completing the high-speed cross-border railway if the administration and the MTR fail to explain the situation in detail within two weeks.

Allowing the public to recommend potential chief executive candidates would dilute the power of the nominating committee, a Beijing legal scholar says.

Disclosure of attendance rates at Executive Council meetings for the first time has been hailed as a breakthrough by a lawmaker whose question extracted the information.

Pan-democrats who raised 1,917 amendments to the budget bill say their filibuster will last longer than last year's marathon, and warned that they will launch a judicial review if the debate is "unreasonably cut short" by Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

At least 12 pan-democrats have expressed interest in meeting the Beijing liaison office chief in Hong Kong - but there may be strings attached.

Civil disobedience is justified only when there is immense injustice "particularly threatening lives", one of the city's Christian leaders said yesterday.