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  • Dear members and supporters of ABHK, As many of you know, the developer of Hopewell Center is proposing a large-scale hotel and convention development at its property between Queen’s Road East and Kennedy Road. Such development would have a massive impact on Wanchai, in particular the Kennedy Road residential neighborhood, traffic flows, roads, trees and […]

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The ‘Buck Starts Here’

by John Batten Carrie Lam’s ministers have now been on the job for one week. They are familiar names, mostly transplanted from CY Leung’s team, […]

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Rainy Season


Object to hotel and convention development between Queen’s Road and Kennedy Road before 4 August

Dear members and supporters of ABHK, As many of you know, the developer of Hopewell Center is proposing a large-scale hotel and convention development at […]

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by John Batten As much as I wish it, not much will change after the Chief Executive election. The clearest indicator that it will be business as usual is seeing who are the new appointees to Hong Kong’s most coveted networking opportunities: sitting on government advisory boards and committees. The immediate appointments will be ‘non-official’ members sitting alongside government ministers on the Executive Council. If these advisory committee appointments carry...Read on

by John Batten On the 150th anniversary of its original publication I recently read Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment for the first time. It was a book that had been in my unread book pile for too-long – its anniversary prodded me to read it. It is a unique crime novel, not a ‘whodunit’, because the reader knows at the beginning that the novel’s key character, the poor agitated student...Read on

by John Batten Another contentious government proposal has just been initiated by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD). Plans to develop our urban parkland and especially Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Southorn Playground in Wan Chai and Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui have been mooted in the Department’s initial “Public Engagement of Underground Space Development” which ended in early February. According to the CEDD, the reasons for developing...Read on

by John Batten In this age of internet ‘big data’, algorithms can process information for any set task. Now, after analysis of the most used or referenced words of a country, we have the yearly announcement of the ‘word of the year’. In Hong Kong, our 2016 ‘word of the year’ was supposedly “chaos.” Algorithmically this may be correct, but “chaos” I associate for places where the rule of law...Read on

by John Batten In the stairwell of Wan Chai Library is a group of photographs depicting Wan Chai in the 1960s. Included, appropriately but almost too obvious for its timeless cuteness, is a street-side bookstore. Rows of children quietly read serial story-books and comics on the pavement. It is one of those familiar, iconic scenes – like rooftop schools and lines of people, containers-in-hand, collecting water from communal water taps...Read on

The Government is getting ready to sell a large piece of land in Central stretching from Jardine House and Central Piers 7 and 8: the Star Ferry and Maritime Museum. Normally, land leases are sold by tender and the highest bidder wins. For this site, we urge government to choose the winner based on the best design. There are many reasons why this development should be considered a special project....Read on

By John Batten Ho Lok-sang, Dean of Business at Chu Hai College of Higher Education has been studying Hong Kong’s happiness levels annually since 2005. The latest study, of which he was principal researcher, found that people under 30 years old were the unhappiest they have been for a decade. In a RTHK radio interview, Professor Ho suggested a reason: “If it’s within your control, you have to do all...Read on

It’s the season for silly-price-cutting-sales around the world. Throughout November, we’ve endured frenzied shopping scenes played out in shops and tablets as Singles Friday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday turned many normal consumers into shopping zombies. Here, products that we didn’t even realise we wanted, let alone needed, flew off the shelves simply because of gutter price points. It seems that the sales, which have been so heated that even...Read on