15 October 2018

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam focused on livelihood problems in her latest policy address, while steering clear of political issues. Photo: Facebook

    What Carrie Lam didn’t address in her policy speech

    - Oct 11, 2018 9:00am
    No one disagrees that Hong Kong’s most urgent issue is the abysmal state of its housing. Even the opposition admits this although it insists the housing crisis doesn’t give the government an excuse to ignore political reforms...
  • Some members of the pro-establishment camp believe British journalist Victor Mallet was denied a visa extension by the government to demonstrate to Beijing its resolve in upholding national security. Photo: HKEJ

    Pro-Beijing camp concerned over visa denial backlash

    - Oct 10, 2018 5:16pm
    The SAR government’s decision not to renew the working visa of British journalist Victor Mallet, who is also first vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), has raised concerns in the West about the state of...
  • Residential buildings under construction in Hong Kong. As banks tightened mortgage lending rules, property developers have begun offering their own financing schemes for homebuyers. Photo: Bloomberg

    How developer mortgage loans could impact the market

    - Oct 10, 2018 4:57pm
    Since about three years ago, leading Hong Kong property developers have been offering mortgage loans for homebuyers to counter tighter mortgage rules that banks have to observe. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has introduced eight...
  • Police said two neighbors died in what was listed as a case of murder, arson and suicide at a subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po. Photo: HKEJ/Now News

    Two men dead in Sham Shui Po ‘murder, arson, suicide’

    Oct 10, 2018 4:50pm
    Two men were found dead in what police consider a case of murder, arson and suicide at a tenement building in Sham Shui Po. At around 11:55 p.m. on Monday, police received reports of a fire...
  • The One-Way Permit Scheme for mainland immigrants is adding to the pressure on Hong Kong’s public housing market, says JLL. Photo: RTHK

    HK should relook immigration policy to tackle housing issue: JLL

    Oct 10, 2018 4:27pm
    Hong Kong should revisit its immigration and population planning policies as part of efforts to tackle the city’s housing problem, according to a top official at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the global real estate services firm. ...
  • Leighton Contractors (Asia) didn't receive enough punishment for the work-quality issues at MTR's SCL project, say lawmaker Michael Tien (inset, left) and China Technology Corp managing director Jason Poon. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

    Leighton deserves tougher penalty for SCL scandal: Michael Tien

    Oct 10, 2018 4:24pm
    Leighton Contractors (Asia), the entity responsible for building the underground platforms at Hung Hom Station for MTR Corporation’s HK$97.1 billion Shatin-Central Link (SCL) rail project, should have received a heavier penalty in the wake of work-quality...
  • Hong Kong has the perfect environment and a ready market for a whole range of blockchain technology applications, experts say. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong well placed to tap blockchain opportunities

    - Oct 10, 2018 3:29pm
    The tech and innovation industry has witnessed rapid growth in China and has become a key growth engine for the mainland economy. Hong Kong has also put increasing focus on the industry with support from Beijing,...
  • File photo of pro-independence activist Andy Chan (left) with journalist Victor Mallet. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the ban on Chan's Hong Kong National Party is a “strong testimony” to the government’s stance against independence. Photo: Bloombe

    Lam: Govt will ‘fearlessly’ act against independence advocates

    Oct 10, 2018 3:27pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor warned the government will not tolerate any act that advocates Hong Kong independence and threatens the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests. “We will fearlessly take actions against such acts according...
  • In her policy speech Wednesday, Carrie Lam proposed more pro-labor initiatives, including longer maternity leave for working women. Photo: RTHK

    HK Policy Address: Maternity leave raised to 14 weeks from 10

    Oct 10, 2018 1:58pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in her policy address Wednesday, announced four more weeks of maternity leave for working women, extending the statutory leave period to 14 weeks from the current 10. Employers may apply...
  • Lawmaker Claudia Mo (center), convener of the pan-democrats' meeting group of lawmakers, is set to file a motion summoning the chief executive and two other senior officials to testify on the visa refusal on Oct. 24. Photo: HKEJ

    Democrats plan to ask CE to testify on visa denial

    Oct 10, 2018 1:48pm
    With the government declining to explain why it decided to reject a British journalist’s application for renewal of his work visa, some pan-democrats are considering using their power to summon Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam delivers her second policy address in the city's legislature on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    HK Policy Address: Lantau reclamation unveiled in housing plan

    Oct 10, 2018 1:40pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wednesday announced a major reclamation project in Lantau as part of efforts to boost land supply and resolve Hong Kong’s worsening housing woes. Delivering her annual policy address, Lam...
  • The government wants Hong Kong employees to obtain the full benefits of the MPF scheme by abolishing the so-called offsetting mechanism. Photo: Reuters

    HK Policy Address: Abolishing MPF offsetting mechanism

    Oct 10, 2018 1:32pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has announced an increase in the government’s subsidy offer for employers to end an arrangement that allows them to offset long-service and severance payments from contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF). In...
  • Hong Kong's securities watchdog has adopted a new logo as it prepares for its 30th anniversary next year. Photo: SFC

    Why SFC’s new logo evokes mixed reactions

    - Oct 10, 2018 1:05pm
    Hongkongers generally have good feelings about the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) and take pride in the work of the financial watchdog, but I am not sure if they are going bonkers over the entity’s new...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam and CUHK vice-chancellor and president Rocky Tuan were among the pall bearers for the late Charles Kao at a funeral ceremony on Monday. Photo: CUHK

    Lam, other top officials attend funeral service for Charles Kao

    Oct 9, 2018 4:25pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attended a funeral service held on Monday for the physicist and academic Charles Kao Kuen, paying tributes and bidding final farewell to the Nobel laureate who passed away in Hong...
  • File photo of Financial Times' Asia news editor Victor Mallet (right) with pro-independence activist Andy Chan during the latter's luncheon speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Aug. 14. Photo: Reuters

    EU, AmCham raise doubts on HK press freedom after visa denial

    Oct 9, 2018 3:21pm
    The European Union Office and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong have expressed concerns over the Immigration Department’s decision to reject a British journalist’s application for renewal of his work visa, but the government continued to...
  • Prof. Gregory Chow receives an offer for a property in Sheung Wan that he didn't know he owns until a buyer called him. Photo: Bloomberg/Internet

    Princeton professor’s unexpected windfall from Sheung Wan

    - Oct 9, 2018 2:09pm
    Princeton University economics professor Gregory Chow Chi-chong didn’t win this year’s Nobel Prize, although he most probably was not expecting it anyway, but he got a startling news instead. Prof. Chow, who is famous for his “Chow test” – please...
  • The contractors were suspended from participation in public works projects for three months to one year. Photo: HKEJ

    Four contractors suspended over MTR Shatin-Central Link scandals

    Oct 9, 2018 2:05pm
    The government has meted out punishments to four contractors responsible for the shoddy-work scandals that have rocked the HK$87.3 billion MTR Shatin-Central Link (SCL) project. The Development Bureau said the actions taken against Leighton Contractors (Asia), Samsung...
  • As Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam prepares to deliver her annual policy address, there are expectations that the Smart City plan will get a prominent mention in her speech apart from land supply and housing issues. Photo: Bloomberg

    Carrie Lam needs to push the Smart City plan further

    - Oct 9, 2018 1:34pm
    Hong Kong has been seeking to transform itself from a traditional economy into a digital city, with the government introducing various initiatives, such as huge investment in digital infrastructure and new policies to draw in talents...
  • The pro-establishment camp is said to be not too happy with Michael Tien (inset) and his aggressive posturing against MTR and the government in relation to a railway works scandal. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

    Why Michael Tien may be unseated as Legco railways panel chief

    - Oct 9, 2018 12:56pm
    As Hong Kong’s lawmakers prepare to return to work on Wednesday, there are expectations that the Legislative Council will witness a reshuffle of the heads and deputy chiefs of various panels and subcommittees. It is said...
  • It has been 10 years since the Race Discrimination Ordinance was passed by Legco. The government should take the initiative to amend the law. Photo: AFP

    Time for government to amend the Race Discrimination Ordinance

    - Oct 8, 2018 5:14pm
    While Hong Kong has long been known as a cosmopolitan metropolis and a pluralistic society, racial discrimination continues to rear its ugly head in the community. In order to guarantee equal access to opportunities for people...

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