New rule benefits children

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 October, 1998, 12:00am

Orphans and people having to care for elderly parents will be allowed to jump the queue of mainland people waiting to come to Hong Kong.

The Public Security Bureau has altered the points system introduced in May last year to benefit the two types of applicants, according to a report last night by the China News Service.

Children under 14 with no parents but relatives who can look after them in Hong Kong, and those who have to take care of parents aged over 65 will have priority. They can expect to arrive before the end of the year.

The quota of 150 arrivals a day, set to allow families to reunite, will not change. Many applicants are wives and children.

Sze Lai-shan of the Society for Community Organisation welcomed the move, but was worried it might delay family reunions. 'Many mothers are still waiting to come to look after their children. The Hong Kong Government should have a say in deciding priority,' she said.