Bid Rigging 14 April 2019

Inflated figures behind sky-high Garden Vista renovation price

The eye-watering HK$260 million price tag for the Garden Vista estate renovation was based on inaccurate and inflated estimates, a report from a consultancy firm has revealed.

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Government

Legal battle for control of Djibouti ports comes to Hong Kong

10 February 2019

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Society

Property agency boss arrested for alleged fraud in US

13 January 2019

Five people from one of the largest Hong Kong real estate agency, Premier Capital were arrested after at least 28 Hongkongers accused the company of misleading them into buying derelict houses at inflated prices in the US.

Government

Ombudsman criticises the Housing Society for withholding the names of external advisors in country park study

26 December 2018

The Ombudsman has slammed the Housing Society in a damning report for repeatedly refusing to name the academics appointed to advise on building flats on the fringes of Hong Kong’s country parks.

Government

Hong Kong land occupied by Chinese border guards in Sha Tau Kok border area

11 November 2018

Chinese border guards have quietly occupied a tract of Hong Kong land and use it for farming on the territory’s border with Shenzhen for at least six years.

Society

Endangering wildlife in the name of traditions

5 November 2018

As China lifted a 25-year ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn last month, sale of endangered wild animal parts remains rife on and off the Chinese internet.

Government

Plans to import marine sand from Guangxi for Hong Kong third airport runway set to go over budget

22 October 2018

The Airport Authority’s third runway project may go over budget by importing marine sand from the southwest region of Guangxi in order to cope with a shortage of sand.

Video

HKT staff taught to cheat Lands Department inspection in leaked recording

10 May 2018

In an audio recording leaked to FactWire, an HKT manager is heard admitting that some offices in Ngau Tau Kok Engineering Centre were knowingly operating in violation of lease conditions, before telling her staff to remove incriminating items ahead of a visit yesterday by Lands Department officers

CCTV captures suspicious wetland blaze despite police ‘insufficient storage’ claim

24 April 2018

CCTV footage has emerged of the moment a suspicious fire broke out and ripped through a dock and a boat at the Nam Sang Wai wetland in early April, following a spate of suspected arson attacks targeted at the conservation area in Yuen Long, New Territories

A 14-hour journey

12 April 2018

In the aftermath of the deadliest bus crash in recent Hong Kong history, bus drivers continue to face low pay and long hours, with ever increasing pressure on their shoulders

Photos reveal kindergarten’s knowledge of injuries four months before five-year-old’s death

27 March 2018

A Hong Kong kindergarten attended by a five-year-old who reportedly died after being found unconscious at home was aware of multiple bruises suffered by the girl months before her tragic death, according to photos taken by teachers and obtained by FactWire

9 out of 12 electrical cable samples from major brands in Hong Kong fail fire test

23 January 2018

More samples of fire-resistant electrical cables used in Hong Kong buildings have failed fire safety tests, following FactWire’s revelation last April that samples from a public housing estate also fell short of international standards

CCTV shows pro-democracy election hopeful being chased into alley moments before alleged attack

11 January 2018

FactWire has obtained CCTV footage showing pro-democracy election hopeful Tommy Cheung Sau-yin being chased by two men moments before his alleged attack in Tai Wai on Monday night

Computer crashes persist for Hong Kong’s new air traffic system amid warning of imminent disaster in India

9 November 2017

Some workstations for Hong Kong’s glitch-prone air traffic management system have required additional reboots in about 20 occasions – most during peak hours – since April, according to sources

Masked man resembling allegedly kidnapped Democrat left Portland Street alone, CCTV footage shows

22 August 2017

CCTV footage appears to contradict democracy activist Howard Lam's own version of events in his alleged kidnapping by Chinese agents

Chinese Nobel laureate’s ward window barred until death

16 July 2017

Iron bars were installed on the window of the ward where the late Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo was hospitalised, turning the hospital room into a temporary custodial ward

Liu Xiaobo never thought of being arrested: undisclosed videos of Liu’s wife

9 July 2017

In several undisclosed footage obtained by FactWire, Liu Xia said the arrest was executed illegally, and it ‘never came into Liu’s mind’ that he himself would be arrested because of a petition known as ‘Charter 08’ he helped draft.

Series

Palace Museum Controversy

Investigating violations of procedure and secret dealings in the controversial project

The Belt and Road Initiative

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Third Runway

The Airport Authority’s third runway project may go over budget by importing marine sand from the southwest region of Guangxi in order to cope with a shortage of sand.

Lantau Tomorrow

The cost of purchasing enough fill materials alone for the government’s controversial 1,700 hectares reclamation project near Lantau Island could add up to $48b to $59.9b.
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