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    五月 2011

    週二 31 五月 2011

    31 MAY 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Governance

    Issue

    • Rule of law

    News Content

    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was accused of having an illegal structure at his mid-level flat.
    • According to today’s Oriental Daily, the flat at Beau Cloud Mansion on MacDonnell Road has a balcony enclosed with glass window. The report said no alternation or addition document related to the glass window is found at the Buildings Department, implying the structure is illegal.
    • The Chief Executive’s Office told Oriental Daily that the Buildings Department asked him to demolish a canopy and flower pot frames at the flat in 2006. And the department had not said the enclosed balcony was illegal
    • But in view of public concerns, Tsang said he had already hired professionals to carry out inspections.

    Questions

    • The crisis is escalating, eroding government’s authority and legitimacy.
    • Any administrative failure involved in the case?


    週一 30 五月 2011

    30 MAY 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Governance

    Issue

    • Alleged Cronyism

    News Content

    • In a 13-page document sent to the legislators, Mr. Jeremy Godfrey, the former head of the government’s information technology unit says Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah and Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Elizabeth Tse Man-yee exerted pressure on him to make a HK220 million contract – to implement an internet learning scheme for needy families – go to a company called iProA.
    • Mr. Godfrey also said Tse told him that the political assignment was directed from ‘beyond the financial secretary’.
    • Dr. Elizabeth Quat, who is a member of the government-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, is a founder of the iProA.
    • FS and the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau immediately respectively dismissed his comments as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘misleading’. The CE office has not made any comment.

    Questions

    • The allegations are so strong that if it is proven true, some senior officials may have to step down.
    • It raises the eyebrows as pubic is concerned if the government has granted favors to governmental-friendly groups.
    • It further undermines the SAR government’s authority and legitimacy.


    週五 27 五月 2011

    27 MAY 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • District Council Election 2011

    News Content

    • The Electoral Affairs Commission yesterday proposed to extend the provision of equal time for candidates on television and radio to TV and radio programs broadcast online and ‘public media’ using the internet.
    • Commission chairman Justice Barnabas Fung Wah said the commission may reprimand or censure him in a public statement if a candidate is found to have failed in his effort to avoid gaining extra publicity in the media.
    • The public consultation will last for a month.

    Questions

    • Whether to accept the government proposal should be discussed in Hong Kong context. Hong Kong media is dominated by government and corporate propaganda, silencing or suppressing the oppressed groups. Generally speaking, the internet media serves as a platform for socially or culturally disadvantaged groups to express themselves. Politically speaking, it provides a platform for the politically disadvantaged groups to express their views.
    • The proposal imposes additional but unnecessary barriers to the politically disadvantaged groups. The proposal is unfair, and should be opposed.


    週四 26 五月 2011

    26 MAY 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Chief Executive Election 2012

    News Content

    • Mrs. Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, one of the widely tipped candidates for chief executive and a member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, said it was the government’s responsibility to enact Article 23 of the Basic Law that covers that national security legislation. She thinks the next government cannot avoid tackling this issue.
    • She also declined to say if she would run for chief executive. But she explained she would not declare yet if she was, as her expenses would then count against her election budget.

    Questions

    • Although Mrs. Fan refused to be head of the Big Trio and said she had not made up her mind on whether to run for the position, what she said yesterday helped to lay down the agenda of the CE election next year.
    • However it is not the right time to reignite the Article 23 debate. Firstly, it is more of Beijing’s agenda than Hong Kong’s. Secondly, our hands are full of other hot issues such as wealth gap, competition law and constitutional development.


    週三 25 五月 2011

    25 MAY 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Land and Housing Policies – cynicism

    Issue

    • Ex-housing chief found having illegal structures at his home

    News Content

    • Education Secretary and ex-housing chief Mr. Suen Ming-yeung was found having illegal extension at his home in Happy Valley. But when Building Department sent him an order to remove it five years ago, he plainly ignored it. It was not till a magazine disclosed it yesterday he would take action then. Suen said: ‘I should have been more proactive and acted earlier to deal with this problem.’ But he refused to response if he would resign. It was the senior government official found with unauthorized additions to their homes.

    Questions

    • How cynical it is. It seems two laws exist: one for saying and one for ignoring. No one especially the people with senior position will take serious of it. That’s bad to our society.
    • And don’t forget the building department. What did they do after finding their orders were ignored?
    • The crisis is escalating. The government should do something about it to regain its authority and legitimacy.
    • And it is likely that the government will do nothing. Cynicism is no.1 of SAR governance. What the society needs to do is to stop that vicious circle.

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