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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Ferguson exposes US policy fail

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Ferguson exposes US policy failings The force used by US police to quell riots in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson creates eye-catching images. But the story is less about an oversized hammer being used against a nail than that five decades after the civil rights movement triumphed and with a black man in the White House, much still needs to change in America. Racial ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Vigilance key as deadly Ebola outbreak takes heavy toll

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to urban areas of West Africa. The fact that the WHO has declared an international emergency reflects how little progress has been made in combating it. A small US company has sent its supplies ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Economic cautionis warranted The stock market has been on a roll, buoyed by positive sentiment over the launch in October of two-way share trading between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Home owners could never have been happier; housing prices hit record highs in June. Continuing low interest rates make loans affordable. The warnings of rough times ahead by Financial ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    It's the spirit of the rules that civil servants must adhere to

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 04:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... She later sought approval from a Town Planning Board committee to build four houses there. She is a member of that committee but did not take part in meetings that discussed her application. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Libya a case study of the consequences of regime change

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Consequences of regime change Few Libyans shed a tear when dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by Western-backed militias three years ago. The United States and its European allies used UN-authorised Nato air strikes and weapon supplies to bring about regime change without the heavy costs of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. They disengaged quickly, leaving ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Both sinners and saints in Wenzhou church row

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... regulations. But they insist that their designs are common practice in Wenzhou, known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship. This goes to the heart of the conflict over ...




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