Calendar of Events in 1998
The Land Development Corporation announces a seven-year redevelopment plan involving 26 projects, affecting some 40 000 people, with a total cost of more than $80 billion. The aim is to replace decades-old buildings and to improve the urban environment.
5   The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan, pays her first post-Handover visit to Beijing on the invitation of HKMAO Director, Mr Liao Hui.
8   The HKSAR Government says it will scrap the port of first asylum policy.
9   The Housing Authority announces details of the Tenants Purchase Scheme under which tenants receiving some social service payments can buy the flats they are renting.
10   The Chief Secretary for Administration leads a high-powered delegation on a 12-day visit to promote Hong Kong in the United States and Canada.
12   The first legal year after the Handover opens.
16   The government appoints members to the SAR's Commission on Strategic Development which will advise the Chief Executive on Hong Kong's long-term development.
  The government withdraws the Tamar Basin Reclamation Site from the land sale programme. The site is earmarked for the relocation of the existing Government Secretariat.
20   The government agrees to pay Hongkong Telecom $6.7 billion as compensation for terminating its exclusive international telephone service licence on March 31, 1998. It was scheduled to expire in October 2006.
  The Chief Executive, Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, meets the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Robin Cook, who visits Hong Kong after a trip to the Mainland. Their discussions cover the regional financial turmoil, Vietnamese boat people and the Legco elections.
23   Hong Kong SAR and the United Kingdom sign an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. It is the fourth agreement that Hong Kong has signed on international co-operation against crime. The other three were signed with Australia, France and the US.
25   The Secretary for Justice, Miss Elsie Leung, decides to sue the Oriental Daily News and the Oriental Press Group for contempt of court after the paper launches a 24-hour surveillance on Mr Justice Godfrey of the Court of Appeal and prints a series of articles claiming government persecution. Editor Thomas Wong Yeung-ng is sentenced on June 30 to four months' gaol for contempt of court.
26   The Court of First Instance rules that the amended Immigration Ordinance, which denies the right of abode to mainland children born before their parents become permanent Hong Kong residents, violates the Basic Law. The Department of Justice decides to appeal against the decision. Many fear that the ruling will open migration floodgates.
  The government introduces a new honours and awards system to recognise outstanding individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the community. The new system is: the Order of the Grand Bauhinia; the Order of the Bauhinia Star; the Order of the Medal of Honour; the Order of the Medal for Bravery; and the Chief Executive's Commendation.
27   The North Point-Kowloon City vehicular ferry service terminates after more than 30 years service.
30   A Citybus double decker overturns at the Tonnochy Road flyover in Wan Chai on the third day of the Lunar New Year. Three people die and 54 are injured.