Public happier with Tsang and his government
Public satisfaction with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and the government have risen in the past six months, a Chinese University survey has found. Satisfaction with Mr Tsang rose 3.8 percentage points to 47.2 per cent, while the level of satisfaction with the government rose 2.4 percentage points to 43.5 per cent. Separately, 57.6 per cent of respondents said they trusted the government, down 8 percentage points from a similar poll in October. Some 820 respondents were questioned during the telephone poll.
Association to field fresh face
The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood intends to field new member Stanley Chaing Chi-wai in September's Legislative Council election in the New Territories West constituency. Mr Chaing ran in December's Legco by-election on Hong Kong Island, finishing third. Veteran district councillor Yim Tin-sang said now was the right time to make way for new blood.
Retirement plans 'lacking'
Hong Kong's workers are less prepared for retirement than those in other developed countries, a study by pension scheme provider Fidelity International found. On average, workers were on track for retirement income that was 43 per cent of their pre-retirement income. Fidelity suggests 67 per cent.
Smugglers nabbed in Taiwan
Two men from Hong Kong were arrested on Wednesday in a hotel in Taichung, Taiwan, for allegedly importing 770 grams of heroin, the Central News Agency reported. The men, surnamed Wong and Yam, said they had gambling debts of about HK$400,000 in Macau.
Outlook gloomy, say delta firms
About six out of 10 companies in the Pearl River Delta were pessimistic about the business environment for the coming two years, a survey from the Chinese Manufacturers' Association has found. The biggest problem facing them was higher production costs, including labour costs, inflation and the rising yuan exchange rate. About 10 per cent said they would consider relocating to the mid-west region.