Only across-the-board tax would be fair

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 12:00am

Can you please refrain from publishing any more letters that try to justify the proposal, by local politicians, to place a $500 (13 per cent) income tax on foreign maids?

The arguments promoted so far include:

A 'fine' on foreign maids for littering Statue Square;

A charge on those who send money to countries with depreciated currencies;

A charge on those who pay no rent; and

A charge on those who are provided with free meals.

Should our elected Legislative Council decide to tax all Hong Kong citizens (who are represented through elections to Legco) by the degree to which we leave litter, send money abroad, and are given free meals and accommodation, then by all means do so. These would at least be regarded as novel new principles of taxation in these cash-strapped times.

But please give no more credence to those who promote supposedly rational and high-minded justifications to tax an ethnic minority (or minorities) who constitute the poorest, most vulnerable and unrepresented section of community.

No taxation without representation.



Editor's note: It is our policy to, wherever possible, run letters expressing different views on an issue. We have no intention of spiking submissions from letter writers just because they support the proposed tax. This would be tantamount to censorship.