Date
27 May 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • MTR Corp. chief executive Jay Walder is leaving a year earlier than the end of  his contract . Photo: HKEJ

    They shoot gweilo expat managers, don’t they?

    - Jul 17, 2014 3:36pm
    They would offer you a drink after work. They give you a hug, or a kiss if you happen to win during the company Christmas grand lucky draw and they rarely forget to thank you. So...
  • Rising housing costs is a source of worry for many in Hong Kong. Photos: wikipedia, takungpao.com

    Another ticking time bomb in Hong Kong

    - Jul 16, 2014 2:36pm
    It is one of the hot topics in Hong Kong and an issue that could fuel civil protests if not handled properly. No, I’m not talking about the Occupy Central movement, but about public housing units...
  • Questions about their political preferences proved tougher for the DSE topnotchers than the actual written exams. Photo: HKEJ

    DSE top scorers should not sit for Occupy Central questions

    - Jul 15, 2014 2:23pm
    Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams may be a breeze, but the oral test afterwards was a lot more challenging. A dozen top scorers were subjected to a battery of questions by local journalists who sought...
  • Leung Kwok-hung sparks a debate on dress code; Priscilla Leung (left) hits 'flirtatious' comment; Regina Ip (second from right) looks summery; netizens prefer another model. Photos: HKEJ, Headline Daily

    Women can wear shorts, not men

    - Jul 11, 2014 2:27pm
    Short hair, short trousers. It makes sense, or does it? Fresh from his short vacation in prison, Leung Kwok-hung has again managed to annoy some of his colleagues — this time even without yelling an angry...
  • A few more days and the World Cup champions will be known. Photo: Bloomberg

    A few words before the World Cup final…

    - Jul 10, 2014 2:57pm
    What a sharp contrast between the two semi-final matches in this year’s World Cup! The first match was determined in 180 seconds when Germany scored three goals against Brazil enroute to a 7-1 demolition job, whereas...
  • Will pro-democracy protests help or hinder the Hong Kong stock market? One can only wait and watch. Photos: HKEJ, financialcontent.com

    Hong Kong market: Some wishful thinking

    - Jul 10, 2014 2:26pm
    Hong Kong stocks opened firmer on Thursday as fears over the Occupy Central movement, triggered partly by downbeat comments from HSBC and Barclays, subsided, helping the market come off the post-July 1 lows. As for the...
  • Shui On Land chairman Vincent Lo will be spending more time in public service with his appointment to the Hong Kong Airport Authority. Photo: HKEJ

    Shui On flats or shares? Change is better

    - Jul 8, 2014 2:50pm
    I had a leisurely walk yesterday in Lingan Tiandi, a Pearl River Delta version of the famous Shanghai Xintiandi just next to Zumiao, repository of the cultural heritage of Foshan and home to martial arts masters...
  • Chief Executive CY Leung called his wife when she was making a speech last Friday but was rejected. Photo: i-Cable

    It’s CY calling… or what he might have said to his wife

    - Jul 7, 2014 2:06pm
    It has been a personal matter since day one. We know what Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s second daughter said on her Facebook page two weeks ago, and what his wife Regina said on Friday when she...
  • Netizens in Guangzhou cannot enter most of the Hong Kong media websites. Photos: nipic.com, xinhua.com

    Hong Kong is so near yet so far from Guangzhou

    - Jul 7, 2014 12:54pm
    I was in Guangzhou and Foshan over the weekend, and I never felt farther from Hong Kong, which is just two hours away. Of course, I could still watch TVB Jade and TVB Pearl in South...
  • From across the Shing Mun River, Shatin cuts a striking skyline against a mountain backdrop. Rental rates in the district have been driven up by demand for student accommodation. Photo: wikimedia.org

    Why Shatin is the hottest town in summer

    - Jul 4, 2014 3:41pm
    They may not come and buy gold like crazy anymore, nor snap up residential units without so much as a second look, but mainlanders still manage to drive up rental prices in Hong Kong. In the...
  • While Lei Jun gloats over his latest sales figures, I undergo the tribulations of a Xiaomi fan. Photo: Bloomberg

    Confessions of a Xiaomi fan

    - Jul 3, 2014 4:24pm
    I have never been a loyal customer of any brand, but I have bought a couple of Xiaomi smartphones just these past three months. I’ve become an unofficial fan (“mi fan”, which means rice noodles). Xiaomi on...
  • The stars are missing in action this year at the July 1 march and the World Cup. Photo: EJ Insight

    How is the July 1 demo like the World Cup?

    - Jul 2, 2014 3:26pm
    Answer: You can’t sleep this morning if you took an interest in it. For one thing, both went extra time. The annual demonstration on the handover anniversary was an eight-hour march this year, up there with...
  • Swire Pacific's new chairman John Slosar said he has no plans to give in to the dual-class share system, which was proposed by Alibaba Jack Ma (insert) last year. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Swire Pacific is so out of fashion?

    - Jun 30, 2014 12:47pm
    It is like destiny. Among Hong Kong’s nearly 1,700 listed companies, only one — Swire Pacific — has a two-tier share structure. As corporate encyclopedist David Webb noted, the destiny was written in the stock codes...
  • ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu (left) and SFC chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing. ICAC has been on shaky ground recently while SFC is going great guns. Photo: HKEJ

    SFC has reason to be proud

    - Jun 27, 2014 2:30pm
    The mood at two of Hong Kong’s top institutions, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), is a study in contrast. The atmosphere at ICAC is grim even as the anti-graft...
  • Lulu Tung is a great football ambassador, just don't bet too much on her predictions. Photo: Facebook page

    Lulu the Genie: The making of a World Cup seer

    - Jun 26, 2014 4:29pm
    Blame it on our blaming culture. If you are to listen to the man on the street, Spain, Portugal and other top European teams got kicked out of the World Cup because Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim, whose...
  • At his pleasure: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (center) wants his men in, Marvin Cheung (left) has quit, and Allan Zeman says he is being forced out. Photos: HKEJ

    Musical chairs is never a fun game in Hong Kong

    - Jun 24, 2014 3:14pm
    Who would like to come forward to serve in the administration of Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying Spare some pity for Allan Zeman, who was forced out of Ocean Park with a frank revelation that “I felt...
  • Facebook's half-hour outage comes within days of cyberattacks on Apple Daily and an online voting platform. Photo: Bloomberg

    Crash II: When Facebook went dark in the city that never sleeps

    - Jun 20, 2014 3:45pm
    “Let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everybody else: WE DON’T CRASH EVER!” So screams the site’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in “The Social Network”, the semi-fictionalized account of the company’s creation. But Zuckerberg’s baby was...
  • Spain being booted from the World Cup is bigger news than Hang Seng being declared the best of its kind in the world. Photos: HKEJ, AFP

    Ho-hum: Enough said about Spain already

    - Jun 19, 2014 2:44pm
    You know Spain was the last World Cup champion, but did you know they’re the first team to go in Brazil after two consecutive losses? You know the Spanish football dynasty began when the Spaniards won...
  • Jimmy Lai is not backing down from his critical stance on Hong Kong issues. Photo: HKEJ

    What makes Jimmy Lai get up and running early in the morning?

    - Jun 18, 2014 12:25pm
    June has been a busy month for media mogul Jimmy Lai. The chairman of Next Media, who runs Apple Daily and Next Magazine in Hong Kong and Taiwan, will celebrate the paper’s 19th anniversary on Friday....
  • Tung Chee-hwa is invaluable to Alibaba as a politician  rather than as a businessman. Photo: HKEJ

    What next after ‘Alipapa’?

    - Jun 17, 2014 1:40pm
    Tung Chee-hwa is not going to hear the end of it anytime soon. After being described as a “good grandfather but a bad chief executive” during his time as Hong Kong’s first post-handover leader, Tung attracted...

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