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  1. Village revamps could put the squeeze on small-house policy

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mike Rowse There is something about the subject of small houses that drives otherwise sane people into a form of madness. The Heung Yee Kuk claims there is a legal entitlement for certain New Territories villagers (those descended through the male line from a resident of a pre-1898 recognised village) to build a small house, and that this right is protected by the Basic Law. ...

  2. Special committee of experts can look into all aspects of small-house policy

    Posted Jul 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The remarks on the small-house policy made by Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor while still development secretary, shortly before she became chief secretary, sparked considerable controversy. She ... regarding the illegal structures on village houses and the right of indigenous male villagers to build small houses is not merely an issue of differences over rural land use, but rather a political ...

  3. Small-house policy needs scrapping

    Posted Jun 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... frankly what she has not achieved and how she is preparing to take issues forward. The outgoing development chief confessed that she could not resolve the much criticised small-house policy- a discriminatory and unsustainable scheme in which all male indigenous villagers at the age of 18 gain the right to land in the New Territories on which to build a standard three-storey village house. She ...

  4. End of small-house policy can see Hong Kong become 'one place, one people'

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... The courageous announcement by Development Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to end the small-house policy should be strongly supported by the new government and the community. ... Territories has 90 per cent of the SAR's land resource. Lack of supply makes land expensive and housing built thereon far beyond the means of a large section of the community. The temptation ...

  5. Lam 'asking for fight on small houses'

    Posted Jun 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong, Jolie Ho and Ada Lee The development chief's call to end the controversial small-house policy has sparked a public debate in which indigenous villagers accused Carrie Lam ... to rural power brokers the Heung Yee Kuk that the policy end in 2029. Under the policy, male indigenous villagers gain the right at age 18 to build a three-storey house near their ancestral home. ...

  6. Pressure grows in C.Y. house scandal

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... anyone else involved. I will take full responsibility. At the end of the day, I am the owner of the house and I will take responsibility- that is to clear the illegal structures starting ...

  7. The numbers just don't add up for small-house policy

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp The development chief's call to end the controversial small-house policy has sparked a debate in which indigenous villagers accused Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of stirring up a hornets' nest. SCMP, June 15 Let us forget for the moment that the small-house policy is not to be found anywhere in the Basic Law and is not actually a right, but an interim ...

  8. Middle-class housing plan safe, Tsang says

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee and Joyce Ng Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has given an assurance that a middle-class housing scheme that he set up will go ahead despite the change of government. Tsang fended off worries yesterday, a day after a newspaper reported that My Home Purchase Plan, a rent-or-buy programme that he commissioned the Housing Society to operate in 2010, might ...

  9. C.Y.'s finance chief to oversee housing

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung gary.cheung@scmp.com Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying is planning a shake-up of the government's housing policy, with the financial secretary in his new administration taking responsibility for both public and private housing, according to a source familiar with the restructuring plan. The new policy was aimed at achieving a coherent approach to housing ...

  10. Kuk to rally against housing crackdown

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Rural affairs body the Heung Yee Kuk is organising a rally next month to solicit support from urban residents for its fight to retain illegal housing structures ... house,' said Leung, whose own illegal use of government land in a Yuen Long country park for his commercial recreation park business was highlighted by the Audit Commission last week. Leung said ...




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