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Tung Chee-Hwa's Rumoured Resignation; Interview with Philip Dykes, Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association; The Price of Power - Hong Kong's High Electricity Tariffs. (04 Mar 2005)


It was the story of the week: the resignation of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Although reports of his departure had not been confirmed officially by our air-time, the focus of discussion has already shifted to who might succeed him, the future of the ministers, and whether the successor will serve a five year term, or for just a couple of years. We examine how the news broke, and the possible implications. Whoever we get as the new Chief Executive, officials have repeatedly said that what makes Hong Kong so valuable is its rule of law. But the rule of law hasn't had an easy ride lately in the SAR, and the chairman of the Bar Association has sometimes been forced into a quasi-political role to defend it. We chat to the new association chairman, Philip Dykes. And we look at a motion in Legco this week targetting ways to lower electricity prices in Hong Kong, including reducing the long guaranteed profit-margins of our two power companies.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2005
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