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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... if not with the pan-dems. He would challenge the pan-dems to sabotage his eminently defensible policies to increase housing supply, bring down property prices and improve social welfare and education. He would also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... to build public housing. Now we know why the queue for public housing just gets longer and longer. Razack's ultimate backers benefited mightily from those land purchases. Where was he when ... plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. The government justified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
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    Why New Territories new-towns plan makes a lot of sense

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 04:03am by Alex Lo

    ... new towns in the north so long as they don't turn into another Tin Shui Wai; or become de facto satellites for mainlanders. The plan, revised twice already since 2008, will house 174,900 people with 60,700 new units. Of these, 36,600 units will be public or subsidised housing, while 24,100 will be private flats. The public units will occupy 47.6 hectares, while private housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543184/why-new-territories-new-towns-plan-makes-lot-sense
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    Hong Kong mandarins' fear of legislators

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 03:01am by Alex Lo

    ... cornered by pan-democrats in the house. But it's one thing to suspect it. Now, thanks to the ever mischievous "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, we have the proverbial smoking gun. Early ... of the paper. Under the heading "follow-up questions supplied by the Security Bureau", the paper sets out talking points for lawmakers at a panel hearing to raise on the much criticised system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1526967/hong-kong-mandarins-fear-legislators
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China, United States go to extremes over farce

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by Alex Lo

    ... this is a bit of a farce. I am all for releasing Liu unconditionally, but the new address will serve no other purpose than provoking Beijing. The US House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1541181/china-united-states-go-extremes-over-farce
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Lawmakers Gary Fan and Claudia Mo take disingenuous stand on housing

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... its quota of 150 daily permits have an impact on our housing supply? Probably. But is it the root cause of our chronic housing shortage? Absolutely not; and it is disingenuous for pan-democrat ... is to blame mainlanders for trying to take up space in Hong Kong. But even if we scrap all permit quotas, it's unclear what impact that might have on housing supply. But it would be against every ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1331746/lawmakers-gary-fan-and-claudia-mo-take-disingenuous-stand
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    Beware risk of challenging China's 'one country' concept for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Alex Lo

    ... construct; it resembles a house of cards that requires all sides not to fight because it could easily topple. It is a bit of a confidence trick that is best left alone, not to be probed too deeply ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1530388/beware-risk-challenging-chinas-one-country-concept-hong-kong
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Police and residents were being silly over Hong Kong shooting siege gripes

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 03:48am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Police, residents silly over siege gripes Police and residents have voiced strong criticism of events surrounding the weekend's fatal shootings on a Kowloon Bay public housing estate. Several residents complained they were kept in the dark as the police moved many officers onto the estate to isolate the suspect in a man's death. I am not sure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1525491/police-and-residents-were-being-silly-over-hong-kong
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Guest house row is just so academic

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... consultation was under way about its future, the government put it on a list of GIC sites on which to build housing to ease a supply shortage. Baptist wants the site for itself to build a traditional ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Guest house row is just so academic Send in the inspectors. Call the prosecutors. Baptist University is running an illegal guesthouse. How do we know? Because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1293426/guest-house-row-just-so-academic
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    New York going the way of Hong Kong with its 'micro-apartments'

    Posted May 19th 2014, 02:32am by Alex Lo

    ... York has a serious housing problem when "it has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, and only one million studios and one-bedroom apartments". The solution, advocated by former ... that they can extract from each square foot of space. Property tycoons like Li Ka-shing know all about this. Over time, this will make housing more expensive for the average Joe or Wong: they either ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1515106/new-york-going-way-hong-kong-its-micro-apartments

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