Lo Kin-hei urges govt to explain oath requirements

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Thursday called on the government to clarify the requirements to meet the loyalty pledge, after one of the party’s councillors was disqualified for failing to take a valid oath of office. The party’s So Yat-hang was among seven Hong Kong Island district councillors unseated...

Seven district councillors unseated for invalid oaths

The government disqualified seven Hong Kong Island district councillors on Wednesday, ruling that the oaths they had sworn during an oath-taking ceremony last week were invalid. The seven are Wan Chai district councillors Clarisse Yeung and Leung Pak-kin, Eastern district councillors Wei Siu-lik, So Yat-hang, Chan Wing-tai, and Lai Tsz-yan,...

District councillor ousted for failing to take oath

Eastern district councillor Peter Choi has been removed from office after failing to turn up for a mass pledge of allegiance session arranged by the government. Twenty-five district councillors from Eastern, Central and Western, Wan Chai and Southern districts were told to take their oaths at North Point Community Hall...

Oaths of seven district councillors ‘questionable’

The government said it has asked seven district councillors who swore oaths of allegiance on Friday for information before deciding if they would be disqualified from office. It said the Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui, the oath administrator, found the validity of the seven’s oaths questionable. The seven councillors are...

M+ Museum to open on November 12

The M+ Museum will finally open on November 12 after years of delay, the West Kowloon Cultural District announced on Wednesday. Hong Kong residents can visit the contemporary visual culture museum for free for its first year of operation. In a statement, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) said...

Trio to plead guilty over July 1 march

Three activists charged over their alleged involvement in a banned protest held on July 1 last year indicated to the District Court on Tuesday that they would plead guilty. Tsang Kin-shing and Tang Sai-lai from the League of Social Democrats, and former district councillor Chui Chi-kin, face charges including organising...

Security judge to send sedition case to higher court

Prosecutors are seeking to transfer the case of a woman and a teenager suspected of handing out seditious leaflets from a magistrate’s court to the District Court. Chloe Cho, a 45-year-old clerk, and student Wong Chun-wai, 17, are charged with conspiring to produce and distribute seditious publications last year to...

Govt has no time to fix district council meltdown: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday admitted that the territory's district councils are no longer fully functional and representative after more than 200 members resigned, but said it is impossible to hold by-elections anytime soon to fill the vacant seats. Some district councils have been left with only three members...

‘Mass resignations have crippled district councils’

District councillors on Friday called on the government to provide a solution to the standstill at some councils, whose memberships have been decimated by mass resignations this month. While there have been resignations of individual district councillors in previous months, the exodus of elected members in recent weeks has created...

DP chairman Lo Kin-hei resigns as district councillor

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Sunday announced he has resigned as a district councillor, joining more than 150 pro-democracy councillors who have quit in a matter of days. Those who stepped down in the past few days include veteran councillors Kam Nai-wai and Joseph Lai, as well as the...

Govt shouldn’t recoup councillors’ salaries: Paul Tse

Pro-Beijing legislator Paul Tse on Thursday said authorities need not adopt a "harsh" approach to recover all the salaries given to district councillors who are disqualified for being unpatriotic. Reports have indicated that the government is expected to tell district councillors to pledge allegiance to the SAR later this month,...

Government accused of disqualification scare game

Southern district councillor Paul Zimmerman is urging the government to make clear what its intentions are over the fate of district councillors, saying it appears to be playing a 'scare game', which is extremely unhealthy. Around 70 district councillors have resigned in the past few days, amid rumours that if...

Neo Democrats announce their disbandment

The pro-democracy party, the Neo Democrats, announced on Saturday that it had disbanded. In a Facebook post, the group said Hong Kong had undergone drastic changes over the past two years and the political environment now was much worse than before. It said, with the introduction of the national security...

Betty Fung to head West Kowloon cultural hub

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) on Friday appointed former government official Betty Fung as its CEO for the next three years. Fung, who has been the authority's acting CEO after it parted ways with former chief Duncan Pescod last year, will officially take the helm in October. During a...

Councillor demands reasons for June 4 banner removal

A pro-democracy district councillor on Wednesday demanded that authorities explain why they removed a banner he put up in his district last week that had asked people to “remember June 4” without notifying him first. Tsuen Wan district councillor Chiu Yan-loy told an RTHK programme that, last Friday morning, he...

District councillors a headache for the govt: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the government will take appropriate action to monitor the behaviour of the current crop of district councillors, saying they have been a major headache for the government because of their “unprecedented actions”. Meeting reporters ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on...

Bar Association condemns intimidation against judge

The Hong Kong Bar Association on Saturday condemned intimidation against a district court judge, saying such action cannot be tolerated and must be stopped. It was reported that the office of District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock received a few threatening phone calls after she gave some of Hong Kong's most...

Oaths will come after councillor resignations: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the government won’t immediately start making district councillors take an oath of allegiance, since many are still resigning. She said oath taking will take place once the situation has stabilised – but one district councillor says the government should hurry up and pull...

Govt U-turns on quarantine-free entry suspension

The Hong Kong government on Saturday reversed a decision to upgrade Guangdong province’s risk level, hours after health authorities said quarantine-free entry to Hong Kong from the province would be suspended. The reversal came hours after the Centre for Health Protection announced that the arrangement would be halted starting from...