Tam talks about skilled emigrants

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 1997, 12:00am

Hong Kong should negotiate with China for more skilled workers to come to the territory, said Liberal Democratic Federation chairman Maria Tam Wai-chu (right).

Ms Tam said many of the 150 new immigrants from China everyday were from rural areas and possessed low language proficiency and education.

It was difficult for them to find suitable jobs and they would then become a burden to the community, said Ms Tam, speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong programme.

An emigration plan should be established to allow in more skilled workers, she said.

Skilled emigrants from China would 'bridge the divide between Hong Kong and China, between East and West', said the pro-Beijing party leader.

Those who had worked in Hong Kong and adjusted to the way of life in the territory 'could easily move back to contribute' to China's development.