21 February 2020

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • 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...
  • For Hong Kong investors, a lucky number is one that brings money. Photo: HKEJ

    Who wants an unlucky number for stock code?

    - Jun 16, 2014 5:02pm
    In Hong Kong, a city obsessed with money and stocks, a good number is all that matters — whether it’s a car plate or a mobile number or a share code. Everyone wants a lucky number,...
  • Scholarism's Wong Chi-fung (center) denies being offered a conditional place at Chinese University. Photo: HKEJ

    Who will give Joshua Wong a ticket to university?

    - Jun 13, 2014 1:31pm
    Intellect is much more than academic — just ask Chief Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung who suggested that his popularity is much lower than that of his predecessor because Cambridge law graduate Wong Yan-lung is much smarter. Alas, though,...
  • Hong Kong shopping malls are catching World Cup fever but just how many fans will have the time and interest to watch the matches? Photo: East Point City

    World Cup and the sound of more than one fan napping

    - Jun 12, 2014 4:41pm
    You say goal, I say lights out. All eyes will be on 20th FIFA World Cup tomorrow. But wait, that’s more than a bit too much of an exaggeration. Just how many eyes will actually be...
  • Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee has made clear his displeasure over the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tycoons begin their talk-show on Occupy Central

    - Jun 11, 2014 5:33pm
    Call it a form of corporate social responsibility, or perhaps just another example of government-business collusion. Leading tycoons in Hong Kong have begun to speak up against the Occupy Central movement, echoing Beijing’s line that the protest...
  • Leo Kung, 56, joined Ocean Park in 2003, and was promoted to deputy chairman in 2009. Photos:, Ocean Park

    Leo Kung has big shoes to fill at Ocean Park

    - Jun 10, 2014 1:40pm
    Confucius was his ancestor. His father ran a bank. He once challenged Hong Kong’s most famous banker in politics, but right now, he keeps the clunky title of senior executive vice-president in a friend’s bank. Meet Leo...
  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison  throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals. Photo: Reuters

    Now it can be told: I’ve been a closet Blue Jays fan

    - Jun 9, 2014 4:05pm
    It took great courage to come out and declare my loyalty to the Toronto Blue Jays. I have been a closet fan of the Canadian baseball team since 1993. I kept my feelings under wraps because the...
  • Dalian Wanda Center glows at night. Photo: Bloomberg

    A lesson from the only Hong Kong June 4 listing

    - Jun 4, 2014 1:35pm
    The fourth day of June is certainly not considered to bring good luck to the Chinese, given the tragic events in Beijing that fateful day 25 years ago. So, it’s no wonder that companies avoid scheduling...
  • In this file picture, Canning Fok (right) confers with his boss Li Ka-shing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Canning Fok sees seven fat years for Hutchison

    - Jun 3, 2014 2:04pm
    Hutchison Whampoa, the sprawling conglomerate of tycoon Li Ka-shing, sees seven fat-cow years ahead.  That’s from his long-time lieutenant, Canning Fok, who has been in the taipan chair of Hutchison Whampoa for nearly 21 years. In a rare...
  • History is beginning to look more kindly on Tung Chee-hwa. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tung Chee-hwa: Not just another birthday

    - May 29, 2014 2:04pm
    It’s not just another day for Hong Kong’s former leader. Tung Chee-hwa might have had more than his usual share of messages this morning, perhaps one from President Xi Jinping and another from President Barack Obama....
  • International Commerce Center dominates the skyline on Kowloon peninsula. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

    There is no getting away from Sun Hung Kai if you live in HK

    - May 27, 2014 2:17pm
    For people living in Hong Kong, it is hard not to be touched in some way by Sun Hung Kai group entities and their projects and services. The group’s real-estate flagship, Sun Hung Kai Properties, has...
  • As the World Cup draws near, speculation mounts as to its possible impact on financial markets. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will the World Cup be bad for markets?

    - May 26, 2014 4:18pm
    A lot can be said about the World Cup but one thing surely stands out in the eyes of Hong Kong people: the locals — or more specifically, stock market commentators — think the soccer tournament...
  • This is how it's done. founder and chairman Richard Liu Qiangdong celebrates a winning US debut. Photo: Bloomberg

    The joy of IPOs and the Viagra effect

    - May 26, 2014 12:59pm
    Initial public offerings are like relationships — it can be tough sometimes to guess if you’re on the right track. Just last week, China’s No. 2 e-commerce company,, debuted on the Nasdaq with a 10...
  • SCMP Group is moving into outdoor advertising and magazines as the core newspaper business stagnates. Photo: HKEJ

    SCMP turns new page with outdoor ad, magazine buys

    - May 22, 2014 1:27pm
    There are times when SCMP Group shows more signs of life in its extremities than the heart of the operation. Tycoon Robert Kuok Hock-nien’s media flagship won a tender yesterday to manage the advertising space at...