What the local media says
Sunday, Apple Daily
Farmland owners build houses for sale despite deed terms
More village houses have been built on farmland for sale, which is against the law, amid a property boom. Reporters found a 1,300 sq ft luxury house with a 2,200 sq ft garden in Yuen Leng village, Tai Po, was offered for HK$4.98 million. They tried to interview the firm conducting the sale, but were scolded and besieged by its staff and had to call police for help. The Lands Department told the reporters that the land owners had violated deed terms and action would be taken against them.
Monday, Ming Pao Daily
200 bus routes may be rerouted to tackle delays, KMB says
The increasing frequency of bus delays is due to busy traffic, KMB says. Over the past five years, 99 per cent of its more than 400 routes spent on average 16 per cent more time on the roads. The problem could be resolved by diverting 200 routes, it said. If this works, it is believed KMB could cut a planned 6 per cent fare rise by 2 percentage points.
Tuesday, Oriental Daily
Robbers and thieves strike every day in Dongguan
Law and order is deteriorating in Dongguan, a city popular with Hong Kong visitors. More than nine in 10 Dongguan web users in a poll said thefts and robberies occurred almost daily near their homes and places of work, and that some residents had been robbed as many as three times in a day. The media have named the top 10 crime-ridden towns. One robber lifted up a woman's dress to take the wages tucked in her underwear.
Wednesday, Ming Pao Daily
Island Shangri-La pays bonus of 4.5 months on tourism boom
Hotels and travel firms are giving great year-end bonuses, thanks to good business last year. Island Shangri-La in Admiralty tops the chart, granting staff bonuses equal to 4-1/2 months' pay on average, while Kowloon Shangri-La in Tsim Sha Tsui will give out 4.25 months of employees' pay. Travel agency EGL Tours will offer HK$14 million in bonuses.
Thursday, Ming Pao Daily
Economist casts doubt on low official jobless rate
The jobless rate rose 0.2 per cent to 3.4 per cent during the first quarter of the 2011/12 fiscal year but gross domestic product growth fell 7.1 percentage points, official data shows. Economist Dr Andy Kwan Cheuk-chiu asked if Census and Statistics Department officers had made up the figure, saying it was impossible for a bad economy not to affect the job market.
Friday, Oriental Daily
Nine old blocks in Tai Kok Tsui to undergo inspections
At least nine out of 31 blocks in the first round of mandatory building and window checks are located in Tai Kok Tsui, where most buildings are more than 40 years old, buildings officials say.
Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung