Anson Chan

Selective admissions urged 'to attract right talent'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 May, 1999, 12:00am


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The SAR should be given a say in choosing the kind of people that come to Hong Kong, a local NPC deputy suggested last night.

Maria Tam Wai-chu, also a member of the influential Basic Law Committee, said a preference system for attracting the right talent to the SAR should be pursued.

'It is ludicrous . . . what we need are hi-tech, highly skilled [people] . . . and we should have a quota for them in the 150 daily quota,' she told the ATV programme Newsline.

'I will be happy to keep this in mind and keep pursuing it. I think that it will be of great benefit to Hong Kong.' She added a mechanism should be established to pursue the matter with Beijing.

'We must try and talk to the Central Government and say, 'If you want us to develop on a hi-tech basis, we need the new type of talent and let's co-ordinate on it'.' The SAR now allowed whoever was granted the Certificate of Entitlement to migrate.

But Timothy Tong Hin-ming, Deputy Secretary for Security, warned the practice would be unlawful because there was 'a legal remedy for those affected'.

'You cannot just pick whom you want because the court will never allow you to do that,' he said.

He added the household survey on eligible newcomers would not be aborted, even though Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang said a decision would be made by the end of this month.