South China Morning Post : Hong Kong (182)

Spendthrift government allows landlords to laugh all the way to the bank

The government may be the only group in Hong Kong that is happy to pay high rents. As if the current market is not frothy enough, the Government Property Agency, which is responsible for finding and negotiating private leases for various departments, has been more than willing to pay 40 to 70 per ...

Beijing seeks better understanding of Communist Party’s work and goals from Hong Kong establishment

Beijing mobilised a senior Chinese Communist Party theorist and its top official in Hong Kong to drive home an unusually direct message to the city’s establishment on Thursday about better understanding and improving cross-border ties after China’s recent leadership reshuffle. In a move ...

Hong Kong government vending machines to ditch small water bottles in battle against plastic waste

Vending machines at government premises will stop selling water in bottles of one litre or less starting from early next year, it emerged on Thursday, as part of a bid to clamp down on unnecessary plastic waste. The new policy will cover all government-run sports complexes, performance venues, ...

Exam stress getting to you? Meet Jasper, the HKU therapy dog

As the examination season looms, ­students at the University of Hong Kong can look forward to relieving their stress and relaxing with the institution’s first in-house ­therapy dog, Jasper, next month. Under a new pilot programme, students and staff at the university will be able to ...

Contactless competition: WeChat Pay is coming to Hong Kong’s MTR, and Alipay may not be far behind

Commuters on Hong Kong’s MTR will soon be given a new quick payment option as the railway operator has partnered with the mainland’s second-largest mobile payment provider WeChat Pay, it announced on Thursday. WeChat Pay’s main rival, Alipay, said it would follow suit in the ...

Gingerbread galore to feature at annual Hong Kong street fair raising money for local needy

Hongkongers need not run as fast as they can to catch the gingerbread man this festive season. The seasonal treat is to feature prominently at Starstreet Precinct in Wan Chai and Tong Chong Street in Taikoo for Swire Properties’ fair themed “Rediscover the Wonders of Christmas”. ...

Contactless competition: WeChat Pay is coming to Hong Kong’s MTR

Commuters on Hong Kong’s MTR will soon be given a new quick payment option as the railway operator has partnered with the mainland’s second-largest mobile payment provider WeChat Pay, it announced on Thursday. Starting next month, commuters and tourists can purchase tickets with their ...

What’s the Greater Bay Area plan? Hong Kong’s young people don’t know either, with half having never heard of it

More than half of Hong Kong’s young people have never heard of the “Greater Bay Area” development plan, and continued ignorance will mean the city missing out on opportunities, a local think tank and youth group have warned. Proactive Think Tank and the Hong Kong Guangdong Youth ...

Fans throng around Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Li Haotong at Hong Kong Open

Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Li Haotong – it was the group they all came to see and they were not disappointed at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday. Hundreds of fans thronged around the greens and fairways to watch three of the biggest drawcards in the tournament and, although none of the ...

HK$7 million haul of illicit cigarettes is second largest seized in Hong Kong this year

Hong Kong’s second biggest haul this year of contraband cigarettes has been seized by customs officers after the HK$7 million stash arrived from Guangzhou hidden in a shipping container. Assistant superintendent Chan Kai-ho, who heads the city’s customs division investigating illicit ...

Blind golfers show pro Alfie Plant a thing or two

Things may not have gone Alfie Plant’s way on the course this afternoon, but it was his actions off it that will surely warm the cockles of your heart. The 25-year-old Englishman set aside his disappointing seven-over-par 77 in round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open to share a few pearls of ...

Espionage claims, meth lab raids and power station plans: headlines from four decades ago

It was just another regular week in Hong Kong as espionage, raids on large-scale meth labs and the like continued to grace the front pages of the South China Morning Post 40 years ago this week. Across the strait in Taiwan, mob madness was brewing and capital punishment reigned in the Philippines. ...

Fun and games to comfort Hong Kong’s sick children

Six-year-old Charlotte Kung Pak-ching is not afraid of going inside the “doughnut tunnel”, because she knows her mother and those friendly women she meets in the hospital will accompany her throughout the process. Besides, she has some idea now of how the magnetic resonance imaging ...

In her heyday, Mona Fong was a star in Singapore and Malaysia, with her expressive voice drawing crowds

While the late Mona Fong Yat-wah’s expressive singing brought her many fans in Hong Kong, her lilting voice and charming looks also made her a hit elsewhere in the region in the 1950s, especially in Singapore and Malaysia. Newspaper articles from Singapore described Fong, who died on Tuesday ...

Hong Kong crowds love Tommy Fleetwood, but it doesn’t bother Matthew Fitzpatrick

For Matthew Fitzpatrick, flamboyant fellow pro and Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood is just another pro. Fitzpatrick, who shot a four-under-par 66 in the opening round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday, was grouped with Fleetwood and defending champion Sam Brazel at Fanling – drawing ...

TV engineer sues Hong Kong government over alleged police assault during Occupy protests

A television engineer sued the government on Wednesday for personal injuries sustained due to alleged police assault and false imprisonment at a clearance operation during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy protests three years ago. Li Siu-lung, of Now TV, said he was pressed to the ground by ...

Undercover checks and police inspections sought to crack down on unlicensed guest houses in Hong Kong

The government needs to increase undercover checks on unlicensed guest houses if it intends to tackle the problem of illegal accommodation head-on, an organisation representing licensed operators in the city said on Thursday morning. Tourist Guest Houses Federation chairman Sam Lau Kung-shing also ...

Hong Kong ex-minister Patrick Ho ‘staying strong’ as he prepares to plead not guilty to US bribe charge

Patrick Ho Chi-ping, the detained former Hong Kong minister at the centre of an alleged multimillion-dollar bribery scheme between a top Chinese energy firm and two African leaders, is “anxious” but staying strong as he prepares to plead not guilty to charges mounted by US authorities, ...

Cathay Pacific pilots could strike if airline forces through plan to cut pay

Cathay Pacific Airways passengers could face the prospect of year-end travel disruption, after pilots threatened a strike if the airline unilaterally reduces their pay as part of its cost-cutting measures. Pilots will vote from December 13 to 27 on the option to take action, with results known on ...

Watchdog urges Hong Kong welfare officials to scrutinise spending by NGOs as deficits increase nearly 60 per cent

Welfare officials have been urged to step up supervision of how taxpayers’ money is spent by non-governmental organisations after the annual deficits the groups incurred increased by nearly 60 per cent to more than HK$57 million in the previous financial year. The soaring deficits were ...

Hong Kong Open: live blog from on and off the course on day one at Fanling

Follow us with live commentary from on and off the course at the UBS Hong Kong Open, day one in Fanling.

Six golfers to watch at the Hong Kong Open

Peel off the first layer of big shot names headlining at this year's UBS Hong Kong Open and you will find a pool of golfing talent, not least of which comes from Asia. Follow live updates from the Hong Kong Open Following a rather lacklustre performance by Japan's world number five Hideki Matsuyama ...

Property tycoon ready to keep HK$1 billion charity promise as Hong Kong stocks hit 10-year high

Property tycoon Lee Shau-kee is ready to honour his promise to donate HK$1 billion to charitable projects after the Hang Seng Index climbed above 30,000 points on Wednesday, its highest level in a decade. The index, a benchmark of 51 constituent stocks, ended at 30,003.49, leaving it 5.4 per ...

Hong Kong Open: live blog from one and off the course on day one at Fanling

Follow us with live commentary from on and off the course at the UBS Hong Kong Open, day one in Fanling.

Six golfers to watch at the Hong Kong Open

Peel off the first layer of big shot names headlining at this year's UBS Hong Kong Open and you will find a pool of golfing talent, not least of which comes from Asia. Follow live updates from the Hong Kong Open Following a rather lacklustre performance by Japan's world number five Hideki Matuyama ...

Overdue law on land titles could have simplified flat-buying in Hong Kong, Audit Commission says

Buying a flat in Hong Kong could be much simpler and less costly if the implementation of a land law had not been delayed for more than a decade, the city’s official auditor said in a report released on Wednesday. The Audit Commission said the Land Titles Ordinance, enacted in 2004, aimed to ...

Hong Kong justice minister Rimsky Yuen expected to step down in January

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung is expected to resign in January to resume his private practice in a top barrister’s chamber in the heart of the city, the Post has learned. A source said Yuen was expected to leave the government after the mainland’s top legislative body, the ...

Irish minister suggests ‘Hong Kong solution’ for post-Brexit Northern Ireland

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement between Hong Kong and mainland China could be a possible solution for addressing the fate of Northern Ireland after Brexit. The border between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland is becoming an increasing concern ...

Former Hong Kong leader asks city to look at bigger picture for China’s development

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has urged the city to take better advantage of the economic development of the mainland, warning that Hong Kong cannot afford to be left behind, stuck in “endless internal rifts”. He advised Hongkongers to study President Xi Jinping’s report ...

Acrimony at Hong Kong school as parents reject findings of bullying probe

Acrimony reigned on Wednesday at the Hong Kong primary school at the centre of an alleged bullying scandal, as teachers said they couldn’t substantiate a mother’s claims that her son was repeatedly targeted on campus, and the boy’s parents vowed to get to the bottom of it. The ...

Unused spaces and delayed services – North Lantau Hospital slammed after official audit

Medical services were delayed while others had been left unused for more than four years at North Lantau Hospital because of a manpower shortage, Hong Kong’s Audit Commission said on Wednesday. A report by the city’s official auditor stated that more than a fifth of total floor area in ...

Watchdog slams Hong Kong Design Institute for taking on too many students

The Hong Kong Design Institute, that runs various design diploma programmes, came under fire from a government watchdog on Wednesday for three years of over-enrolment that has led to a lower employment rate for its graduates. Despite the excess number of students, the institute still ran a deficit ...

No room for lower limit on Hong Kong water supply from mainland China river, expert says

Hong Kong should not seek to lower its water supply ceiling from the Dongjiang to ensure adequate provision in emergencies and extreme weather events, the head of a government advisory committee said on Wednesday. But Dr Chan Hon-fai, who chairs the Advisory Committee on Water Supplies, declined to ...

Hong Kong government wastes money paying over the odds for offices, watchdog finds

The Hong Kong government has blown taxpayers’ money on exorbitant rents for offices, according to a report released on Wednesday by its watchdog. One office costs 70 per cent above the market rate, while another costs HK$1.4 million a month but is mainly used to store records. Another two ...

‘I’ll never set foot in Hong Kong again’: Burglar admits to break-in and kidnapping of city architect

A mainland man who teamed up with two compatriots and swam for two hours to rob and kidnap a veteran Hong Kong architect vowed on Wednesday to never set foot in the city again. Yang Chao pleaded guilty to his crimes at the High Court, in a kidnap case reminiscent of another high-profile case where ...

Mona Fong, widow of Hong Kong movie mogul Sir Run Run Shaw, dies aged 83

The widow of revered Hong Kong movie mogul Sir Run Run Shaw died on Tuesday aged 83, broadcaster TVB has announced. Mona Fong-Shaw died peacefully at 5.28pm on Tuesday at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital with family by her side, a statement said, without specifying the cause. Born Lee Mong-lan in ...

Hong Kong man, 73, dies after being stabbed in fight with another elderly person over ‘radio noise’

A 73-year-old man died after he was stabbed in a fight with another elderly person outside a Hong Kong shopping centre on Wednesday. The incident in Sha Tin occurred shortly before 3.15pm, outside Kwong Yuen Shopping Centre in Kwong Yuen Estate off Siu Lek Yuen Road. Emergency personnel were called ...

Thieves make off with eight Toyotas worth HK$3 million from Hong Kong car company

A gang of thieves broke into the office of a newly opened car company in the New Territories on Wednesday morning and before daybreak stole eight Toyotas worth a total of about HK$3 million. Security cameras captured the brazen crime on film at about 3am on Kam Tin Road in Pat Heung. The company ...

Admit guilt now or risk legal action, competition watchdog tells errant Hong Kong firms

Risk getting caught or turn yourself in now if you want leniency or even immunity, Hong Kong’s competition watchdog warned businesses on Wednesday as it identified three industries with numerous accusations of market sharing. Telecommunications, real estate and property management, and ...

Number of unlicensed Hong Kong guest houses doubles over past five years

The government auditor on Wednesday urged the licensing authority for Hong Kong’s guest houses to get tough on illegal accommodation, which have doubled in the past five years. In its latest report, the Audit Commission highlighted the rise in suspected unlicensed establishments since 2012, ...

Beijing has ‘zero tolerance’ for separatism, mainland official warns Hongkongers seeking role in China’s legislature

Hongkongers aspiring to represent the city on China’s legislature must swear to uphold the Chinese constitution and the “one country, two systems” principle, as Beijing would not tolerate any bid by Hong Kong to be independent, a senior mainland official said on Wednesday. National ...

Hong Kong police launch hunt for three men after suspected gang rape

Police were searching for three men on Wednesday after a 36-year-old woman claimed she was gang raped after she passed out in a flat in Hong Kong. One of the alleged attackers was understood to be her former boyfriend, who is in his 40s, and the other two men were his friends, according to police. ...

Man, 39, arrested for taking upskirt photos of Hong Kong schoolgirls

A 39-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday evening for taking upskirt photos of girls at more than one Hong Kong school. The arrest came after secretly taken pictures of schoolgirls from Good Hope School, in Wong Tai Sin District, were spread online last week, sparking uproar. A police insider said ...

Man, 39, arrested for taking upskirt photos of Hong Kong schoolgirls

A 39-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday evening for taking upskirt photos, with the victims coming from more than one Hong Kong school. The arrest came after secretly taken pictures of schoolgirls from Good Hope School girls were spread online last week, sparking an uproar. A police insider told ...

Hong Kong charity’s home-based services help elderly and disabled take care of themselves

With some help, former cabby Tse Woon-ming, who suffered a stroke three years ago that left him confined to a wheelchair, is able to get to his feet. By holding on to somebody and using a quad walking stick, the 66-year-old can also walk slowly. Tse said he was making good progress and that he ...

Chad government spurns charge that president scored US$2 million bribe from Patrick Ho

Chad’s government on Tuesday denied allegations by US investigators that its president received a US$2 million bribe from former Hong Kong home affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping so that a Chinese energy firm could obtain oil rights in the central African country. “Faced with this ...

Fear and loathing: which way forward for Article 23 national security law in face of stiff opposition in Hong Kong?

Twenty years after Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty, the city has still not enacted a national security law to prohibit treason, secession, sedition and subversion, as required by the mini-constitution, the Basic Law. Continued impatience from the central government was highlighted ...

Revised charge for Hong Kong activist who claimed he was kidnapped by mainland agents

The charge against a Hong Kong democracy activist who claimed he was kidnapped and tortured by mainland Chinese agents has been changed to one of making a false report of a crime, four months after he was brought to court under the initial charge of misleading the police. Democratic Party member ...

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge project set to exceed budget by more than HK$11 billion

Hongkongers are set to foot a ­bigger bill than expected for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge after latest ­estimates showed the cost had overrun by one-third, or HK$11.8 billion. Although the main section of the project – a 22.9km bridge and a 6.7km undersea tunnel – is ...

Greek model arrested at Hong Kong airport with cocaine worth HK$2.4 million

A 19-year-old Greek model was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday after cocaine with an estimated street value of HK$2.4 million was found in her rucksack. The woman was the fourth female visitor arrested by airport customs officers for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the ...