Treasury chief biggest property owner among Hong Kong top officials, gov’t information reveals

Hong Kong’s top official with the most assets is Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui, according to government information. He declared a total of seven properties and four parking spaces in Hong Kong and elsewhere owned by him and his family. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui. Photo: GovHK. … Read more

Hong Kong gov’t to tackle over 600 hygiene black spots in bid to ‘beautify’ public space

The Hong Kong government will launch 19 anti-rodent teams to catch rats late at night as part of its two-phase campaign to tackle more than 600 hygiene black spots and “beautify” the city’s public spaces. Government contractors clean a wet market. File photo: GovHK. Starting on Sunday, the government will roll out the first phase … Read more

Hong Kong gov’t watchdog to investigate news dept’s refusal to reveal list of media invited to cover July 1 celebrations

Hong Kong’s government watchdog is to launch a “full investigation” into the Information Services Department’s (ISD) refusal to disclose the list of media outlets invited to cover July 1 Handover celebrations following a complaint made by HKFP. The Office of Ombudsman confirmed with HKFP that it will launch a full investigation into the Information Services … Read more

Hong Kong has ‘no plans’ to waive stamp duty for mainland Chinese buyers, gov’t clarifies after lawmaker floats idea

The government has no plans to waive double stamp duty for property buyers from mainland China, a spokesperson from Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary’s Office has clarified after the convenor of the chief executive’s advisory board said the government had plans to do so. “Regarding reports that the Government is considering the relaxation of stamp duties … Read more

Hong Kong national security police arrest 2 gov’t workers over alleged ‘seditious’ social media posts

National security police arrested two men on Tuesday on suspicion of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention.” A police statement published on Tuesday evening identified the pair as “administrators of a social media group,” with local media reporting it was the Civil Servants Secrets Facebook page. “They were suspected of publishing posts on … Read more

Covid-19: Incoming foreign domestic workers can work during 4-day medical surveillance period, gov’t says

Migrant domestic workers arriving in Hong Kong who have completed three days of hotel quarantine can start working at their employers’ home during the four-day “medical surveillance” period, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. The reduction of the hotel quarantine period for international arrivals, one of the city’s measures to protect against the spread of … Read more

‘Gross interference’: Hong Kong top officials, gov’t departments, lawmakers condemn Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

Hong Kong’s top officials, government departments and lawmakers have condemned United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, calling the move “selfish” and a threat to peace in the Taiwan strait. Chief Executive John Lee. File photo: Lea Mok/HKFP. “Pelosi’s visit is tantamount to encouraging ‘Taiwan independence’ and openly challenges the one-China principle, undermining … Read more

Independent audit finds security flaws in Hong Kong Covid-19 contract tracing app; gov’t dismisses report as ‘inaccurate’

The Hong Kong government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app contains privacy and security risks that could jeopardize the safety of users’ personal information a cybersecurity firm has said. Poland-based company 7ASecurity conducted an independent security audit on the LeaveHomeSafe app between April and May, upon the request of the Hong Kong Democracy Council, a US-based pro-democracy lobbying … Read more

UN committee urges Hong Kong to scrap security law, gov’t slams ‘unsubstantiated’ criticism

A United Nations rights monitor has urged Hong Kong to repeal its national security law, citing the “overly broad interpretation” of its provisions and the subsequent violation of free expression in the city. The strongly worded statement from the UN Human Rights Committee follows three days of virtual meetings with Hong Kong government officials earlier … Read more

Overseas activists launch exiled Hong Kong ‘parliament’ plan, as gov’t says security law has ‘extraterritorial effect’

The Beijing-imposed national security law has “extraterritorial effect,” Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has said, as a group of overseas Hong Kong citizens launched a committee to establish a “Hong Kong Parliament” in exile. The Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee was founded this month in Canada. It aims to hold the first election of the … Read more