Plan to boost minimum and maximum MPF caps
The government proposes raising the minimum and maximum salary caps for Mandatory Provident Fund contributions, now that the minimum wage is in force. It wants the monthly earnings threshold above which contributions must be made to rise from HK$5,000 to HK$6,500 from November 1. This would save 180,900 employees and self-employed people from having to make contributions. It wants a rise in the maximum salary cap from HK$20,000 to HK$25,000 from June 1 next year, which would see about 514,000 paying an extra HK$250.
Villager, developer reach out-of-court settlement
Villager Yu Siu-cheuk, 80, and New World Group subsidiary Realray Investments reached an out-of-court settlement yesterday over Yu's claim for possession of a plot of land in Tong Yan San Tsuen, Yuen Long, on the basis that he had occupied it for more than 20 years. Yu, whose hut on the land burned down last year, said he was relieved.
Teen robber got sex but no cash from prostitute
A teenager worried that he had no rent money tried to rob a prostitute in her To Kwa Wan brothel on November 20, holding keys to her neck. The woman refused to give money to Lee Yi-sang, 17 at the time, but had sex with him. Lee pleaded guilty in the District Court yesterday to assault with intent to rob. He was caught after police found his mobile phone at the scene.
Elderly on welfare hit by rising fees at homes
Elderly welfare recipients living in the city's 585 private residential care homes have been hit by fee rises of 10 to 15 per cent because of rising rent and food costs, and increased labour costs as a result of the introduction of the minimum wage.
80 hours of community service for activist
Activist Yang Kuang, 43, was sentenced in Eastern Court to 80 hours of community service yesterday after being convicted of criminal damage. Yang ripped an epaulette off a policeman's uniform during a protest against the high-speed railway in January.
Woman survives fall while cleaning windows of flat
A 78-year-old woman was in serious condition in Princess Margaret Hospital after a three-storey fall from her home in Cheung Sha Wan. She had been cleaning windows.