Anson Chan

Anson Chan pledges to heed discontent

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 July, 1999, 12:00am


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Growing discontent with the Government would remind it to review its performance regularly, acting Chief Executive Anson Chan Fang On-sang said yesterday.

After touring redevelopment sites in Kowloon and the New Territories, she said the Government would always review its performance.

'I can assure you that with each survey result we, of course, take the result very seriously,' Mrs Chan said.

'It is a reminder to us of the efficiency of our performance, and in the light of these survey findings we would, of course, always review our performance.

'We are constantly looking at ways to improve our productivity and to improve the ethics and the behaviour of individual civil servants.' Speaking about housing problems, she said a consultation paper would be released before the end of the year to gauge public views.

The Government has pledged to set up the Urban Renewal Authority to speed redevelopment.

Mrs Chan said: 'We are now considering a number of aspects including the financial arrangements.' She said the administration was considering granting loans to single people to buy flats to cut the number of people applying for public housing accommodation.

'We don't want to affect other queueing families. Our priority is to handle the housing problems of families where resources are limited.' She said the Government was also concerned about the housing problems of mainlanders settling in Hong Kong.

'We have to make sure they would not jump the queue and affect other people already queuing for public housing for many years.

'We have to assess how serious the problem is and find a fair solution.'