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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Civil Service must cut the bureaucracy for new retirement plan to work

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse fears new proposals for civil servants are too complex Cut out the bureaucracy for retirement policy to work I fear the Civil Service Bureau might make a mess ... there. Now for the reservations. The first concerns how to treat civil servants already working in government. The second concerns the disciplined services. Serving officers will, under ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Higher retirement age for civil servants mustn't harm public interest

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 06:02pm by Joseph Wong

    ... Joseph Wong Joseph Wong applauds the government's plan to raise the retirement age for civil servants, but says the conditions set for the new limits must be clearly spelled out to protect public interests Proceed with care The government's proposal of a higher retirement age for newly hired civil servants and more flexible post-retirement opportunities for those ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Authoritarian rule in Hong Kong is no far-fetched future

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 06:26pm by Michael Chugani

    ... authoritarian rule breeds more civil unrest, which, in turn, breeds harsher authoritarian rule. Civic Party member Ronny Tong Ka-wah told me in another television interview that freedom-loving ... undemocratic model. That will stoke civil unrest, making Hong Kong even more ungovernable than it is now. And when that happens, a way will have to be found to govern. Enter possible authoritarian ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    It's time for our civil servants to work on being happy- not miserable

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Time civil servants worked on being happy- not miserable Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai said yesterday: "In the face of demographic challenges arising from an ageing population and a shrinking workforce, the government... considers it an opportune time to examine possible options for extending the working life of civil servants." ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Who is the greatest Chinese leader of the past century?

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 06:15pm by Kerry Brown

    ... their vote would go to Mao Zedong. Winner of the civil war, ruler of China from 1949 till his death in 1976, he regarded himself on a par with the greatest leaders of the past. But historians ... with the Japanese and prevailed. Oxford historian Rana Mitter, in a recent book, has made a powerful case for why Chiang should get a better rating. But Chiang's failure to win the civil war from 1946, ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia’s economic rise doesn't mean it will own the 21st century

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 07:01pm by Paul Letters

    ... by civil unrest- probably civil war- and declarations of independence would follow from some peripheral regions: Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia- and maybe Hong Kong? The China that would ... Western-style governance is generally less corrupt and more transparent. When negotiating in the international arena, democracies bring a pluralism of ideas with them- via non-state actors from civil ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Article 23 national security law is too hot to handle for now

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... radical aims have stoked fears of social unrest and prompted some extreme responses from the other end of the political spectrum. The rising tension is hardly conducive to forging consensus ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 20, 2014

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:33am by LETTERS

    ... applicants. In addition, the fact that civil servants can apply for public housing as an employment benefit is also a cause for concern. Civil servants are perceived by many in Hong Kong as being relatively well-paid and allowing this arrangement to continue creates the impression they are competing for social resources with the public. The Civil Service Bureau should consider introducing ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Delay to high-speed railway to serve as a wake-up call

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Rail delay should be wake-up call Hong Kong prides itself as a showcase of public works, and with good reason. Not only did we overcome natural constraints to put in place a world-class airport, rail links and bridges; we also delivered them with speed and efficiency. This small city boasts an array of civil engineering marvels that is the envy of the world. That explains ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The pros and cons of working past 60

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to be still tip-toeing around the problem. The latest attempt to extend the civil service retirement age is another step to address the challenge. Belated as it is, the proposal differs from other ... working lives means fewer promotion prospects for younger officers and a heavier financial burden for taxpayers. The impact is expected to go beyond the civil service. It is likely to induce ...




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