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  1. News - Asia - POLITICS

    By-election highlights discontent in Singapore

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 05:13pm

    ... Reuters in Singapore Sky-high housing prices, train breakdowns, foreigners stealing jobs and a widening chasm between rich and poor. A by-election in Singapore puts the spotlight ... and multinational companies. But two years after its worst-ever parliamentary election results, the government is taking no chances, offering a trove of perks that include a boost in spending on housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1136015/election-highlights-discontent-singapore
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Wen highlights top six problems in Hong Kong for Leung Chun-ying

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, Tony Cheung

    ... "The SAR government has to particularly pay heed to, and properly solve, livelihood problems such as employment, prices, housing, poverty, the environment and the ageing population, which ... Colleen Lee in Beijing and Tony Cheung Leung urged to focus on key areas including poverty, housing, environment and the elderly Wen flags top 6 problems for C Y Premier Wen Jiabao has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1110229/wen-highlights-top-six-problems-hong-kong-leung-chun-ying
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central a danger to the Hong Kong property market, Barclays Bank warns

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:52pm by Joyce Ng, Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan

    ... that in such an event, it would take the city longer to recover. According to his analysis, the home-price-to-income multiple, which reflects housing affordability, stands at 13.5. This is higher than ... warned yesterday. And it would take Hong Kong longer to recover than after the crashes of 2003 and 2008, it said. Barclays said prices had deviated too much from fundamentals, making the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549994/occupy-central-danger-property-market-warns-barclays-bank
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    C.Y. Leung faces a long wait before his property measures take effect

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com As the government works on a long-term housing strategy, observers warn that the market is likely to get even more heated CY faceslong waitbefore flatprices fall Property prices will remain high and may even continue to rise until the new administration's housing measures begin to kick in, industry watchers say. Prices have soared throughout Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1056138/cy-leung-faces-long-wait-his-property-measures-take-effect
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    CY Leung's annual report of the government's work criticised for 'hiding evils'

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:49am by Tony Cheung and Gary Cheung

    ... "People still couldn't afford a home because prices increased by about 7 per cent last year," Chung said. Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan also said housing shortages remained acute. ... Tony Cheung and Gary Cheung CY's report card criticised for 'hiding evils' "Significant progress" has been achieved on tackling the city's housing shortage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539927/leung-chun-yings-report-criticised-hiding-evils
  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... decade-long fight to tame skyrocketing property prices, losing to a coalition of businessmen and local officials. Housing prices in urban areas have rocketed, with almost tenfold gains in Beijing ... and deregulating state controls on prices. Tsang said Wen had little to show for his decade in power. "The economy looks robust but the major problems that needed to be tackled are still there," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1170831/wen-jiabao-peoples-champion-or-chameleon
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Electoral reform, housing to be major themes of New Year's Day march

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 02:36am by JEFFIE LAM, Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jeffie Lam and Jennifer Ngo While cost of housing is still top concern, annual study reveals electoral change is a rising priority as tens of thousands prepare to take to streets Hunger for reform to put spring in step of marchers The cost of housing remains the No 1 concern for Hongkongers as 2014 dawns- but constitutional reform is catching up. The key issues were revealed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1394379/electoral-reform-housing-be-major-themes-new-years-day-march
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Over 1,500 secondary pupils cut classes for democracy

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 04:21am by JEFFIE LAM, CHRIS LAU

    ... will meddle in local affairs more. "I do not think I have paid a big price to be here," she said. "I am seldom late for school or leave early, and I believe skipping a day of classes ... university and secondary students is not that big," Leung Mo-man, of Sha Tin Methodist College, said. "We secondary pupils are also able to think independently." READ: Government House ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1601214/over-1500-secondary-pupils-cut-classes-democracy
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Leung tells forum that Hong Kong must unite to overcome obstacles

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... two-minute opening remarks, Leung reiterated the government would start selling a new batch of subsidised housing next week. "I hope that property prices will stabilise soon," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1104943/leung-tells-forum-hong-kong-must-unite-overcome-obstacles
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    CY Leung faces more questions about secret HK$50m deal after rival bid is revealed

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 01:40pm by Benjamin Robertson, joyce ng and james griffiths

    ... & Young, now filed at Companies House in London, on December 2 a “confidential bidder” offered to inject £48.8 million in new equity into DTZ, and to refinance existing loans in exchange ... fulfilled his duty to look after the firm’s interests – considering the payments had led to a reduced purchase price. Kenneth Leung said it “went against common sense” that DTZ would pass up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1616139/cy-leung-faces-more-questions-about-secret-hk50m-deal-after-rival-bid

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