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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Free market no panacea for Hong Kong's ills

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A free market is no panacea Hong Kong has for many years been singled out by conservative think tanks as the freest economy. It will be interesting to see what is made ... warned, for example, that introducing a modest minimum wage was a dent in Hong Kong's crown. But the crown sits uneasy because of four serious problems identified by Leung- unaffordable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1068959/free-market-no-panacea-hong-kongs-ills
  2. Tap into Hong Kong's reserves to protect struggling elderly

    Posted Feb 15th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is great news that Hong Kong's financial surplus this year is likely to reach about HK$70 billion. That will add to our city's existing general fiscal reserves of about HK$600 billion, topped up by a similar bumper amount generated by the exchange fund surplus. By any standards, in a city of just seven million souls, Hong Kong is sitting financially pretty. Less ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738213/tap-hong-kongs-reserves-protect-struggling-elderly
  3. Why Hong Kong needs a one-stop shop for charities

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bernard Chan Nearly four years ago, the Law Reform Commission's charities sub-committee, which I chair, started a review of the way Hong Kong regulates charitable bodies and their fund-raising activities. Yesterday, we announced 20 recommendations that we believe could create a more effective and up-to-date system. There will now be a three-month public consultation. Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970838/why-hong-kong-needs-one-stop-shop-charities
  4. Economy and education top HK concerns

    Posted Nov 07th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Hong Kong people have identified education and a healthy economy as the most important factors for the city's continued growth. The findings have emerged in the first ... of 100, will serve as a baseline for future annual studies. The figure was reached after 2,501 people were interviewed for their views on the development of 10 important areas in Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/433823/economy-and-education-top-hk-concerns
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Bad idea to survey mainlanders on why they buy Hong Kong property

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... concern us, Mr Wu, are those who have moved here and are looking to buy their homes, in which case we call them Hong Kong residents. This is only a small minority of them. Most have come here ... for us but put unnecessary strain on our economy, was changed in October 2010 to exclude property from the list of qualifying investments. They still allowed everyone on the application list ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1050387/bad-idea-survey-mainlanders-why-they-buy-hong-kong-property
  6. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Citizenship denials shame Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by LAM WOON-KWONG

    ... for generations before him, Khan is positively contributing to Hong Kong's society and economy. Yet he has allegedly been dissuaded from even filing an application for naturalisation, citing that he ... reports recently about ethnic minorities who have lived in Hong Kong for many years seeing their applications to become naturalised Chinese citizens denied. I recently met one of them, Philip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1066528/citizenship-denials-shame-hong-kong
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must act now to create a comprehensive population policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The latest population projections from the Census and Statistics Department put into sharp focus challenges for Hong Kong that we are well aware of but have done little to address. Society ... in Leung's zero-quota policy for mainland women not married to Hong Kong men giving birth here. That there will be so few wage earners financially responsible for so many without incomes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1014951/hong-kong-must-act-now-create-comprehensive-population
  8. Hong Kong puts bigger families in a tight financial and social squeeze

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the article by Jennifer Ngo ('A city that's not child-friendly', April 11). From her statistics, having three children put us in the minority in Hong Kong ... in Hong Kong like those that exist in other developed areas. This means that the only solution for working parents is to hire more foreign domestic helpers. However, helpers are a poor substitute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/998514/hong-kong-puts-bigger-families-tight-financial-and-social-squeeze
  9. Collusive land policy a harmful way to finance our economy

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is fundamental that all land property in Hong Kong is leasehold and that this should allow our government a stable recurrent income by way of an expedient land rent. Developers should concentrate ... in the company profits tax is not appropriate to the present situation ('Raise profits tax to help poor, tycoon says', March 8). It is not lack of funds that is preventing a solution to Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741242/collusive-land-policy-harmful-way-finance-our-economy
  10. Hong Kong is crying out for bold thinking on social policies

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to guide public spending. As an example of what we are missing, look to Singapore: its government has just issued the 2012 budget. Similar to Hong Kong, emphasis was placed on upgrading ... fruits. Compared with Singapore, the last budget of Hong Kong's current administration pales. Hong Kong people are frustrated because they see the government piling up reserves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994593/hong-kong-crying-out-bold-thinking-social-policies

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