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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposals a welcome step to closing illegal guest houses

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Illegal hotels must be closed The influx of visitors continues to put Hong Kong's tourism capacity to the test. With only 1,629 registered hotels and guest houses ... unlicensed guest houses will be raised from HK$200,000 to HK$500,000 and from two years' imprisonment to three. The law will also be revised to make it easier to haul offenders to court. Instead ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Offer of free land raises questions

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... property tycoon Lee Shau-kee announced plans to donate seven plots of farm land to the government to build affordable housing for young buyers, he deserved public applause. However, given the sensitivity of land supply and the hostility towards the rich and influential among some local people, the mixed reaction was understandable. Appealing as it sounds, the giveaway raises a wide range ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must help to contain Ebola

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of doctors and nurses from Medicins Sans Frontieres and other health charities. Supplies of protective clothing like masks, gowns, gloves and goggles are urgently needed to reduce the risk ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    All options must be kept on table in land and housing debate

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the administration is going to tackle a pressing priority- the land and housing issue. Expectations have been sharpened by figures for the supply of new homes, which show the government is struggling to meet ... of relatively small blocks of land here and there that will not solve the problem. The mismatch of supply of land and demand for housing is increasingly making affordable homes inaccessible to rising ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing should resist pressure to turn on the fiscal tap

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... with the risk that cooling housing starts or export weakness could drive renewed growth deceleration. This sets the stage for the annual conclave of current and retired senior Communist Party officials ... and affordable housing through rebuilding city slums. Now is not the time to loosen monetary policy and turn on the fiscal tap. It is more important to push on with a rebalancing of the economy towards ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Tough tasks are piling up for CY Leung

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... 160-odd achievements in housing, transport, health care, labour and governance. Whether they amount to what Leung describes as "significant progress" is open to debate, though. To many, they are merely the first of many more necessary steps to deal with deep-seated problems. A case in point is the long-term housing goal. Without sufficient land supply, the target of building 470,000 ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Pragmatic and focused housing policies deserve our full support

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Building on a commitment Land supply and housing may not have been the focus of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address, but they are just as important ... of social discontent. Leung has made affordable housing a priority, but finding enough land for so many flats has stymied progress. He claims that measures detailed in Wednesday's speech ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should be truly inclusive

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

    ... for subsidised housing and welfare payments. There are also residency-related housing measures, such as the locals-only land sales rules and punitive property stamp duty. The planned overhaul ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Education can help cut China's demand for ivory

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... this has attracted militant extremist and terrorist groups to the trade in order to fund their violent operations. The conflict between the law of supply and demand and the law itself defines ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Reclamation a last resort to ease land supply

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... strategy. About 27 per cent of housing and 70 per cent of office space is on reclaimed land, yet it only represents six per cent of the city's total area. Chan said problems with land supply ... the supply of land so that our city can further develop. But the issue is complex and building consensus for a viable strategy is not easy. Even reclamation, a long-favoured solution to providing ...




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