The crucial quality of ICAC is the “I” for “independence”. Why? Because ICAC wields enormous powers. Without such enormous powers, it is believed, ICAC would not be able to carry out its important task against corruption. Yet, if ICAC is not independent, such powers would be open to abuse. How can independence be achieved and safeguarded? In my view, a foolproof method of absolute guarantee does not exist. Independence, institutional, operational and effective, can only be achieved and safeguarded by a system of check and balance.
Public Forum: Assault on the ICAC and the Rule of Law? - "ICAC – independence, abuse and vulnerability" (Dr Margaret Ng)
Public Forum: Assault on the ICAC and the Rule of Law? - "ICAC: We Must Keep Our Advantage" (Mrs Anson Chan)
“Power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The hand entrusted with power becomes the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle, not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”
Public Forum: Assault on the ICAC and the Rule of Law? - Opening remarks by the Chairman (Mr TL Tsim)
It is now almost 20 years since our transition to Chinese sovereignty, and so much has changed.
- What was a city ordered by the rule of law has given way to the rule of man. The whims of one person can now over-ride the laws, rules and regulations and proper procedures of old. Absolute obedience is now the creed, and dire consequences to the health of the community be damned.
- What used to be a government which respected public opinion has become a government which ignores it and rides roughshod over it.
- What used to be a peaceful and rational community has become one that is torn apart by violence and continuous confrontation.
- What used to be an efficient, self-directed and disciplined civil service has become a distressed political tool.
- What used to be free and autonomous universities worthy of their names have become so intimidated that they would not even dare come out and defend “critical and independent thinking”.
- What used to pro active and upright mass media organizations have become easily manipulated instruments of the government.
"Project Citizens Workshop - Electoral Data Analysis" was successfully held on 6 August 2016
"Project Citizens Workshop - Electoral Data Analysis" has been successfully held on 6 August 2016 (Sat). We would like to thank Mr. Angus Chiu and Mr. Edward Tai for their generous teaching and sharing on how to manage the electoral data. We thereby encourage the civil society to step up analysising the data in details so that more people can grasp the full picture of the LegCo election in the coming September!
The Project Citizens Seminar "Electoral Campaigns: What Lessons Can We Learn?" has been successfully held on 9 July 2016
The Project Citizens Seminar "Electoral Campaigns: What Lessons Can We Learn?" has been successfully held on 9 July 2016. We have proudly invited Prof. Simon Shen, Dr. Robert Chung and Prof. Chan Kin-man to share with us different perspective of the electoral campaigns.
Project Citizens Seminar: Electoral Campaigns - What lessons can we learn?
Project Citizens Seminar: Electoral Campaigns - What Lessons Can We Learn?
Date: 09/07/2016 (Sat)
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm (Registration will start from 10:30am)
Venue: Admiralty Conference Centre, 1804, Tower 1, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty
Speakers: Dr. Robert Chung Ting-yiu & Prof. Simon Shen Xu-hui
Moderator: Prof. Chan Kin-man
"Civic Empowerment Series (II): Experience Sharing - Registration, Fundraising and Event Planning" was successfully held on 15/06/2016
The second workshop of the Civic Empowerment Series "Experience Sharing - Registration, Fundraising and Event Planning" was successfully held on 15.06.2016.
Highlights of Project Citizens Forum "What Makes Hong Kong An International Financial Centre"
Project Citizens Foundation has held a forum on "What Makes Hong Kong An international Financial Centre" on 15 April 2016, with over 350 attendance full house.
In the forum, the guest speakers express diversified opinions on Hong Kong's opportunities and challenges as an International financial Centre in China. We have sincerely produced a highlight video for your recap. Please Enjoy!