Post reporters scoop consumer rights awards

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 June, 2010, 12:00am

South China Morning Post reporters picked up awards in the Consumer Rights Reporting Awards, including top prize for best feature story.

Reporters Olga Wong and Joyce Ng won the gold award for a story, 'Grand Illusions', in Post Magazine, exploring how buyers of new flats in Hong Kong end up with a floor area less than stated - sometimes by as much as 30 per cent.

Sandy Li's story about how property industry observers blew the whistle on a developer that skipped 48 floor numbers in its apartment block so that it could market the top two floors of the luxury project as 68 and 88 - both lucky numbers in Chinese numerology - won a merit award in the news category.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan lauded the winners in a ceremony at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. 'It's not easy for consumers to make astute shopping decisions, given the wide variety of products on the market,' she said. 'Especially when they are attracted by boastful advertisements for products and overlook their true components.' For that reason, reporters' efforts to raise awareness were important, she said.