19 November 2019

Wong On-yin

HKEJ columnist
  • Pan-democrats will continue to support former financial secretary John Tsang. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why pan-democrats still support Tsang instead of Woo

    - Mar 15, 2017 11:18am
    Just two weeks ago, retired judge Woo Kwok-hing was still very much in the pan-democrats’ favor, and thanks to their endorsement, he was able to secure his candidacy without having to tap into pro-establishment votes. However,...
  • Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing could emerge as a dark horse in Hong Kong's chief executive election, some observers feel. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Woo Kwok-hing is the real deal in the CE election

    - Mar 8, 2017 12:25pm
    I wasn’t surprised at all that retired judge Woo Kwok-hing was able to get enough endorsement votes from the Election Committee to become an official CE election candidate. However, what really surprised me though was the...
  • Pleading leniency on Donald Tsang amounts to an endorsement of his wrongdoing, which could send a very misleading message to society. Photo: Bloomberg

    Donald Tsang’s conviction: The triumph of justice

    - Mar 1, 2017 12:49pm
    What our city lacks most is respect for the rule of law. Not only do the people in power such as the chief executive often see our law as a tool to wipe out political opponents;...
  • Hong Kong's next leader should be someone who can ensure proper implementation of the 'One Country Two Systems' policy and uphold the rule of law, tycoon Li La-shing has said. Photo: HKEJ

    How Li ka-shing has given us enough hints about his CE pick

    - Feb 22, 2017 11:44am
    Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, recently commented in public for the first time on the city’s upcoming chief executive election. The business tycoon refused to publicly back any of the four main contenders in the...
  • Having retired judge Woo Kwok-hing as the chief executive of Hong Kong may help enhance international confidence in its rule of law. Photo: HKEJ

    Fortune may yet smile on retired judge Woo

    - Feb 15, 2017 9:51am
    Despite the fact that lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung’s recent bid has added more variables to the upcoming CE election, it hasn’t fundamentally changed the situation. Former financial secretary John Tsang remains the pan-democrats’ favorite and retired judge...
  • CE candidate John Tsang says nothing about fighting for democracy in his election platform. Photo: HKEJ

    Who wants a more lenient slavemaster?

    - Feb 8, 2017 6:00am
    Chief executive front-runner John Tsang announced his election platform a couple of days ago. Tsang didn’t mention how he is going to fight for universal suffrage, not a single word. All he said is that he...
  • John Tsang is not as pro-democracy as some believe, judging by his stance on politically sensitive issues, critics say. Photo: Bloomberg

    Debunking the myth about John Tsang

    - Jan 25, 2017 10:03am
    As Leung Chun-ying has declared that he will not seek a second term, the pan-democrats have lost a talking point and they can no longer milk Leung’s unpopularity for all it’s worth. Desperate to find another...
  • John Tsang might come across as open-minded in the eyes of the public but he has never openly committed himself to fighting for genuine democracy. Photo: Reuters

    John Tsang has to prove he is the real deal

    - Jan 18, 2017 1:10pm
    Are all pro-democracy voters supposed to vote for former financial secretary John Tsang as the next chief executive? The answer is absolutely not. Unless you belong to the washed-up pan-democrats or are paid to write political...
  • So far, none of the official Beijing mouthpieces has rebuked Woo Kwok-hing’s political reform proposal, suggesting that perhaps at least some elements might be acceptable to Beijing. Photo: HKEJ

    Woo Kwok-hing could be a good Plan B for pan-democrats

    - Jan 11, 2017 9:14am
    It has become almost crystal-clear that Beijing doesn’t want Financial Secretary John Tsang to run for chief executive. It has been almost a month now since Tsang tendered his resignation but the central government is yet...
  • As the nomination period for the upcoming chief executive election is drawing closer, time is running out for John Tsang. Photo: AFP

    Can John Tsang turn the tables?

    - Jan 4, 2017 9:50am
    A couple of weeks before Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced that he would not run for a second term, I had written an article urging the pan-democrats to make good use of their 325 votes on...
  • Judging from his solid election platform and decision to give up his British citizenship months before his announcement of candidacy, Woo Kwok-hing is undoubtedly serious about his bid for the city’s top job. Photo: HKEJ

    Why judge Woo’s CE bid should be taken seriously

    - Dec 21, 2016 10:19am
    In view of Leung Chun-ying’s withdrawal from next year’s chief executive election 10 days ago, perhaps it is logical to infer that not only has Leung fallen out of favor with Beijing but former Financial Secretary...
  • Beijing has made some friendly gestures toward Hong Kong's pan-democrats as it wants to focus its energies on Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

    Why Beijing can’t afford to get bogged down with Hong Kong

    - Dec 14, 2016 11:10am
    After suffering many setbacks, Hong Kong’s pan-democrats finally seem to have found some reason for cheer. First there came the news that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will not be seeking a second term. For the past...
  • The best way for pan-democrats to counter Leung Chun-ying’s political persecution is by launching another Umbrella Movement that is bigger and better planned. Photo: HKEJ

    How to mount a counter-offensive against CY Leung

    - Dec 7, 2016 10:25am
    It is obvious that the Leung Chun-ying regime is mounting an all-out political persecution of the pro-democracy camp. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will file judicial review applications against four nativist lawmakers...
  • Chris Patten's fallacy is that he dissociates the pro-independence movement from our fight for democracy when these are two sides of the same coin. Photo: HKEJ

    Chris Patten’s fallacy

    - Nov 30, 2016 10:17am
    Hong Kong people not only have a deep admiration for Chris Patten but also worship the ground he walks on, so much so many of our fellow citizens eagerly await his words of wisdom whenever he...
  • There have been many improper oath-taking cases in the past. The fact that Justice Au failed to recognize that in his Youngspiration ruling suggests he was complying with Beijing’s wishes. Photo: HKEJ

    How Justice Thomas Au opened door for ‘cooperation’ in govt

    - Nov 23, 2016 9:38am
    The National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s recent interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law left the people of Hong Kong in a state of shock in two ways. One is that the interpretation unmistakably indicated...
  • Since the NPCSC interpretation is set to hit CY Leung’s popularity, the move suggests that Leung has not secured Beijing’s blessing to seek a second term. Photo: CNSA

    What was Beijing really up to with its Basic Law interpretation?

    - Nov 16, 2016 11:37am
    The abrupt interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) triggered a new round of political confrontation between Beijing and the pan-democrats. Beijing decided to pre-empt the High...
  • What will be Leung Chun-ying's next move against Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching? Photo: Bloomberg, HKEJ

    Upcoming Legco by-election will be an Armageddon

    - Nov 9, 2016 1:46pm
    Things have taken a sudden and nasty turn over the past week as far as the oath-taking saga is concerned. Since what is done is done and we can’t turn back the clock, I prefer not...
  • As a former judge, Woo Kwok-hing has a definite advantage over his competitors. He is not as vulnerable to mudslinging and smear campaigns. Photo: HKEJ

    What is Woo really up to?

    - Nov 2, 2016 9:18am
    Apparently, retired judge Woo Kwok-hing is not serious about his bid to become Hong Kong chief executive. The reason I say this is that Woo is not only totally unprepared — no election platform, no teammates...
  • Some pan-democrats want the Youngspiration duo, Leung Chung-hang (right) and Yau Wai-ching, to publicly apologize and then retake their oaths properly. Photo: Reuters

    Begging won’t work when it comes to fighting for democracy

    - Oct 26, 2016 10:37am
    Another week has passed and Leung Chun-ying seems to be one more step closer to re-election. Meanwhile, all that washed-up pan-democrats could come up with to stall Leung’s victory was to take advantage of the oath-taking...
  • The stunning debut of two young lawmakers from Youngspiration -- Leung Chun-hang and Yau Wai-ching (middle) instantly spread the pro-independence cause worldwide. Photo: HKEJ

    Revolutions are fought in the streets

    - Oct 19, 2016 11:13am
    It appears Leung Chun-ying is set to seek a second term, which will boost the turnout of the Jan. 1 protest next year. The protest is also likely to provide a platform for the anti-Leung faction...