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    七月 2011

    週五 29 七月 2011

    29 JUL 2011 列印 Email

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong Affairs criticized civil servants for lack of vision.

    News Content

    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang took two days to hit back Wang’s criticism that the SAR’s civil servants are lack of vision. On his facebook page, Upper Albert Road, Tsang said, The team of the SAR government, both the political appointees and the civil servants, have been working for Hong Kong’s long-term interest. ‘We formulate policy together.’
    • He stressed that the policy address, which will be delivered this October, will put forward feasible short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to handle housing problem, narrow the rich-poor gap, raise the living standard of grassroots people, improve retirement scheme and provide better support for the elderly.

    Questions

    • Under the politically appointment system, the secretary and deputy secretary shoulder the policy formulation and development while the civil servants take part of policy implementation. Hardly both will formulate the policy together.
    • The track record will tell whether Tsang’s governance do has a vision. It is not. He failed to ease the rich-poor gap. He failed to slow down the spiraling property price.


    週四 28 七月 2011

    28 JUL 2011 列印 Email

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong Affairs criticized civil servants for lack of vision.

    News Content 

    • Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office opened fire on civil servant for their lack of vision and ability to take command.
    • According to three Chinese-language newspapers, Wang made the remarks to a group of visiting Hong Kong university student in Beijing on Tuesday. Wang said that colonial rule had trained civil servants to listen to the boss but now they have become the boss, they still don’t know how to be a boss and how to be a master.
    • He also said Hongkongers had high expectations of long-term policy planning after the handover. But the current administration has failed to address some issues which affect Hong Kong’s long-term development such as housing and an ageing population.
    • The senior Government Officers Association hit back immediately. Association chairman So Ping-chi said Wang should have referred to politically appointed officials rather than civil servants.
    • A government spokesman declined to comment on Wang’s remarks.

     

    Questions

    • Simply scapegoating Tsang is no use. Don't forget that Tsang had Beijing’s blessing when he took power in 2007. By increasing its grip over Hong Kong, the central government has undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy. The logic is simple: no autonomy, no master.
    • Wong’s comment is indirect, subtle, enigmatic, dismantling Hong Kong’s solidarity rather than uniting us.
    • Tsang, of course, should be responsible. He helps develop the populist and cynical rule in Hong Kong. Just play around the rules then you will be safe.

     



    週三 27 七月 2011

    27 JUL 2011 列印 Email

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Overseas domestic helpers campaigning for right of abode

    News Content

    • History may mark the day of August 22 2011. A Philippine domestic helper, who has worked in Hong Kong for 25 years, will put her case in the Court of First Instance on that day that she would be given permanent residency.
    • Mark Daly, human rights lawyer and solicitor for the domestic helper said the Immigration Ordinance, which says a person shall not be treated as ordinarily resident in HK…while employed as a domestic helper who is from outside HK, is unconstitutional.
    • However, Joseph Law, chairman of the Hong Kong Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, said he would ask the Hong Kong government to seek an interpretation of the Basic Law from China, if the rule is in favor of the maids. He thinks Hong Kong cannot accommodate such a large influx into the population.

    Questions

    • Seeking an interpretation of the Basic Law from China should not be one of the options. It is a real challenge to the ‘One-Country-Two-systems’ principle and the rule of law in Hong Kong.
    • Long before the case is heard, the vowing to seek for an interpretation of the Basic Law is a bluff, trying to incite public fear and manipulate public opinion. It is another example of populist rule. Remember the Hong Kong’s right of abode campaign in 1999.


    週二 26 七月 2011

    26 JUL 2011 列印 Email

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue 

    • Legco By-election saga

    News Content

    • Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung made a frank statement yesterday, saying the option the government prefers is the one that is challenge proof, i.e., to replace the legislator with a candidate from the same party in the previous election.
    • After giving a series of radio interviews yesterday, Lam said the other options might not be desirable if studies in details.
    • Quoting an unidentified source, SCMP reports today that the government lawyers think all the options constitutional, lawful and reasonable. And a similar legal opinion was gained from outside the government, including Profess or Albert Chan Hung-yee, who showed his support to the government proposal last Friday.

    Questions

    • The public consultation had been launched just a few days. The government is just impatient, and just says it in an indirect way. No public opinion is needed indeed, as the government has already made its choice. What a fake consultation. It only lasted for three days.
    • What the government cares is not whether it is approved by the public. Rather it is legally watertight, and then everything will be fine.


    週一 25 七月 2011

    25 JUL 2011 列印 Email

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue 

    • Legco By-election saga

    News Content

    • Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung, quoting Professor Albert Chen Hung-yee of Hong Kong University said that the four options offered at the consultation document were in line with the Basic Law.
    • In a radio program yesterday, Lam said: there may be some technical issues to be cleared, but we will discuss with the Department of Justice to ensure the final proposal adopted is legal’.
    • Civic Party legislator Ronny Tong said: ‘It is ridiculous for a constitutional minister to borrow a few words from the newspapers.’

    Questions

    • Lam is not doing his job well. At least he should have told the public how the department of justice thinks of the options. Professor Chan’s comment is not strong enough to convince the public.

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