Top 7 headlines from Hong Kong in 2017

Top 7 headlines from Hong Kong in 2017

As New Year’s Day approaches, let's look back on a troubled 2017. Here are seven news makers who made a splash in the local press this year

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Let's hope Ed Sheeran will swing by Hong Kong soon!
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As New Year’s Day approaches, it’s time to look back on a troubled 2017 for the city. In a year filled with headline grabbers, such as the suspected Russian collusion in the US presidential election and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, we can’t ignore some of the big news that happened in Hong Kong. Here are seven newsmakers who made a splash in the local press this year.

Carrie Lam won her CE bid to lead Hong Kong this year.
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Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

Having won her bid to become the city’s chief executive, the enactment of several controversial pieces of legislation once she was in office, and the announcement that Chinese history would be mandatory in secondary schools, Lam has made headlines week after week.

Despite this, Lam recently said she would not be a rubber stamp for mainland policies, and that she would “push back” if it was in the Hong Kong people’s interests.


Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Xi Jinping

This year, Beijing played host to the most important political conference on the mainland: the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The congress, which marks the end of Xi Jinping’s first of two five-year terms, enshrined his name into the party’s constitution. Only time will tell whether this will mean an unprecedented third term for Xi.


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CE candidate John Tsang was a popular candidate in the run up to the elections – especially with younger voters.
Photo: K.Y. Cheng/SCMP

John Tsang Chun-wah

In an online poll on yp.scmp.com before the chief executive election, 44 per cent thought Tsang should be the next boss, as opposed to 11 per cent who supported Lam. 

Although he never had a chance against Lam’s much bigger pool of electoral voters, Tsang seemed to be more for the people than the government, and he appeared to be a likeable person as well.


Democratic Party members Howard Lam Tsz-kin at a radio programme at RTHK.
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Howard Lam Tsz-kin

The alleged abduction and torture of a pro-democracy lawmaker by mainland agents looked to have all the drama and excitement of the 2015 kidnapping of Hong Kong booksellers, but when examined closely, Lam’s story seemed to have more than a few holes in it.

Lam was eventually arrested for making a false report of a crime to the police. The jury’s still out on what actually happened that night.


Democratic Party member reportedly kidnapped by Mandarin-speaking men wakes up in Sai Kung


Ed Sheeran cancelled his Hong Kong tour this year.
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Ed Sheeran

The music maestro broke the hearts of thousands of Hong Kong-based Sheerios when he cancelled some concets (including shows in Hong Kong) on the Asian leg of his world tour after injuring his arm in a biking accident. 

 

 


Former domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih meets the media at Kowloon Union Church.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

The domestic helper won a historic court case against her former employer, who was jailed for six years for various assault charges. Erwiana said she had been subjected to seven months of torture between May 2013 and January 2014. Erwiana’s ordeal made international headlines, and helped to put the awful working conditions of some domestic helpers in Hong Kong under the spotlight.


Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung attends the Legislative Council debate.
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Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung

Whether it’s because student protesters were jailed for their part in the Occupy movement, or because of the joint checkpoint with the mainland at the West Kowloon terminus of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong rail link, all eyes have been on the Department of Justice this year. Yuen, the current Secretary of Justice is stepping down in the new year, and will be replaced by Teresa Cheng Yuek-wah, the former chairwoman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Edited by Ginny Wong

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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