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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Seize opportunity for Legco reform

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... It is important that we seize the opportunity to reform Legco and lay a good foundation for full democracy in 2020. An overhaul of the electoral system is a good way to start. At present, the 35 directly ... individual voting. Their elected representatives are notorious for putting sectoral interest above the public good. It is difficult to see how such an unfair electoral system could survive as we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557327/seize-opportunity-electoral-reform-legislative-council
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Genuine will needed for legal reform in China

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the administration on its toes. However, the Chinese judicial system works in a rather different manner. Heavy control by the state and the Communist Party means judges are nothing more than legal cadres who ... with the initiatives is regrettable. The recognition of the need to give judges "greater independence" speaks volumes for how flawed the system is. The changes spearheaded by the Supreme ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557328/genuine-will-needed-legal-reform-china
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Battle over state-owned enterprises an issue of fair trade versus economic reality

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Fair trade versus economic reality The status of state-owned enterprises- a long-standing source of trade disputes- has been one of the most contentious issues facing the international trading system. Are they independent companies or extended arms of their governments? A key dispute has been the extent of "subsidies" they should be considered to enjoy given ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556749/battle-over-state-owned-enterprises-issue-fair-trade-versus
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Mega Events Fund must be axed

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Blaming the system is easy; however, it does not change the reality that the festival he leads has flouted the rules. The fund is so prone to abuse that the city's anti-graft agency has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1553579/mega-events-fund-must-be-axed
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    MPF revamp vital to restore confidence of workers

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... system and steep living costs mean only the well-prepared can enjoy a decent retirement life. Amid the clamour for better protection, a compulsory self-financing scheme came into effect for all ... the shortcomings of the Mandatory Provident Fund system. With monthly contributions from workers and bosses capped at HK$1,500, adequacy is a big issue. The low annual returns- an average of 4 per cent- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543238/mpf-revamp-vital-restore-confidence-workers
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Dubious windows show flat buyers need better protection

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... around environmental and planning rules. Most buyers are not even aware of it until the flat is handed over. Tight building rules and limited living space mean residential projects are often ... be opened, but doing so may expose them to noise that exceeds environmental standards. At least four housing projects put on sale over the past year observe the environmental rule by using ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547455/dubious-windows-show-flat-buyers-need-better-protection
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Measles threat to migrant workers

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of the household registration system, which restricts migrants' access to health, education and welfare, is well documented. But some problems arise from the challenge of keeping track of a huge ... of the household registration system would be an effective way of bringing preventive health care to migrant workers and their families. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552893/measles-threat-migrant-workers
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Sino-German ties show the benefits of being pragmatic

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Agency has been spying on Germany and tapping Merkel's phone, giving impetus to Xi's proposal that cooperation be increased to improve the international system. But as close ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551423/sino-german-ties-show-benefits-being-pragmatic
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong risks losing out to rivals without a third airport runway

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The debate boils down to weighing the economic gains against social and environmental costs. While pursuing competitiveness and growth is unobjectionable, concerns about marine life and pollution ... the authority has submitted a revised environmental impact assessment report. The study concluded that the project would not have an adverse impact on residual air quality. To mitigate noise pollution, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1542596/hong-kong-risks-losing-out-rivals-without-third-airport
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing now needs to invest more on raising quality of life

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... What Hale does not tell us is the cost to the nation and its people, in terms of the burden on a stressed health care system, of treating and caring for people with chronic illness, and loss of productivity. As the pace of growth slows in favour of more sustainable expansion, rising living standards need to be supported by investment in environmental health, food security and world-class ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1536516/beijing-now-needs-invest-more-raising-quality-life

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