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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Paying the price of miscalculation

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:51am by Alex Lo

    ... Occupy, while painstaking efforts by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to build support for more realistic reform goals were bearing fruit. But all that came to naught for the government ...

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    Let the Hong Kong protesters occupy the government headquarters

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... the Occupy movement and the Hong Kong Federation of Students that unless Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying resigned, they would block and occupy government buildings. I say let them. Considering ... they don't need to all work at HQ. Chief Superintendent Hui Chun-tak said police had sufficient manpower and resources to protect all official buildings. "Police will not tolerate any illegal ...

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    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... estates targeted for redevelopment. The case centres on a decades-old, family-owned shop on the ground floor of an old building in Sham Shui Po. The owners are the last holdout since the developer has bought all the other units in the building. That takes care of the 80 per cent minimum requirement for a forced sale of the holdout unit. But for a forced sale to go ahead, the developer ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Alex Lo

    ... of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its position now. In Governance and New Regime Building in the Hong Kong SAR Since the Handover, Professor Lau observed Beijing used to have a more tolerant attitude ...

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    Hong Kong's massive surpluses could fund pension scheme

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by Alex Lo

    ... more to build for a developed economy other than to physically integrate with the mainland? Or should we use some of that money for the welfare of our own citizens? It's difficult to know ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Buildings officials fail residents in dilapidated neighbourhoods

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Buildings authorities fail residents Having failed to prevent the fatal collapse in Ma Tau Wai more than three years ago, the Buildings Department is now going ... not be allowed back home for at least five months? After the residents fought back and an angry chief secretary intervened, Buildings Department bureaucrats changed their tune. Maybe the balconies do ...

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    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... to build public housing. Now we know why the queue for public housing just gets longer and longer. Razack's ultimate backers benefited mightily from those land purchases. Where was he when ... at least the government was honest about it in the second part. In plain English, it meant it could make far more money selling the land than building public flats. Under the two post-handover ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why New Territories new-towns plan makes a lot of sense

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 04:03am by Alex Lo

    ... we have lost sight of what the plan actually aims to do. My guess is that many readers and even some protesters have little idea what they are fighting over. There is nothing wrong building ... to sue the government. Since ours remains a capitalist system that respects property rights, we can't ban developers from building on land they have spent years acquiring for just ...

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    Most Legco protesters care little about plight of New Territories villagers

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:15am by Alex Lo

    ... a government plan to build two new towns in the northeast New Territories. Claiming to fight for the villagers and the people of Hong Kong, they in fact exploited the controversial plan for their own agenda and stormed the legislature on Friday night. Using metal fences and bamboo sticks to trash entrances to the Legco building, they provoked and fought with officers and then claimed police ...

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    Hong Kong is strong enough to survive Occupy Central

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... in Hong Kong. Tokyo roared back after being firebombed to smithereens. Not a single large building was erected in Shanghai during the whole Mao Zedong era, yet today it has been resurrected ...




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