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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

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

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

    ... pan-democrat and the property tycoons' man in Legco have both come down hard on the government for selling land to private developers or converting it to other uses. It was originally earmarked ... plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. The government justified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... such as new town developments in the New Territories, funding for waste management facilities and the double property stamp duty. There is now a backlog of over 40 items before the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
  3. 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

    ... will take up 54 hectares. The whole proposed development project covers 333 hectares, of which existing village land, open space, zones for community and social services, commercial land, amenity ... like to point to several issues. First is collusion with big developers. In fact, the original plan was for the government to resume all their land. This was stopped after they threatened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543184/why-new-territories-new-towns-plan-makes-lot-sense
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    The Hong Kong pan-dems and the United States neo-cons

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:00am by Alex Lo

    ... and suffering. Both would be war criminals if they weren't protected by Uncle Sam. Wolfowitz later made a mess as World Bank president where he was too busy fighting corruption in developing economies rather than helping them develop. He quit after he gave his girlfriend a pay rise and a promotion. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1538433/hong-kong-pan-dems-and-united-states-neo-cons
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's time to set idealistic pieties aside over Hong Kong's universal suffrage

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by Alex Lo

    ... The survey was conducted by Lingnan University and paid for by the non-partisan Concern Group for Public Opinion on Constitutional Development, led by media and property heavyweight Shih Wing-ching ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535182/its-time-set-idealistic-pieties-aside-over-hong-kongs
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is Hong Kong's chief executive indoctrinated in mainland ways?

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:25am by Alex Lo

    ... like what was put out by the Hong Kong government's Commission on Strategic Development. In a long paper titled "Hong Kong's relationship with the Central Authorities/the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1532097/hong-kongs-chief-executive-indoctrinated-mainland-ways
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Where have all Hong Kong's novelists gone?

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:19am by Alex Lo

    ... for the literary imagination. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. One reason may be that we have done a terrible job in promoting and developing our own literature. A recent letter ... or in the promotion of writing in general. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council habitually and largely funnels its generosity towards the performing arts." Literary events and festivals have little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1529535/where-have-all-hong-kongs-novelists-gone
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong economist offers sobering thoughts on corruption in China

    Posted May 26th 2014, 03:43am by Alex Lo

    ... Both countries follow the "life-cycle" theory of corruption, "rising at the early stages of development, and declining as modernisation [gains pace]". Most economists agree that as China continues down the path of development, corruption will likely decline. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1519556/hong-kong-economist-offers-sobering-thoughts-corruption
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    New York going the way of Hong Kong with its 'micro-apartments'

    Posted May 19th 2014, 02:32am by Alex Lo

    ... mayor Michael Bloomberg and followed by developers, is to build more "micro-apartments", tiny flats of 250 and 370 square feet. Sound familiar? New York, of course, has always had small flats. But the point is that they are being promoted as the wave of the future from tycoons like Bloomberg on down. Developers love it. Why? Because such flats increase the ground value ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1515106/new-york-going-way-hong-kong-its-micro-apartments
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Property market still open to loopholes

    Posted May 16th 2014, 03:03am by Alex Lo

    ... on unoccupied flats and undeveloped land held by large developers. Yet not only officials but many Hong Kong people- more than half of whom own their own homes- are biased against such taxes so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1513003/property-market-still-open-loopholes

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