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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When the Hong Kong government becomes the problem

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alex Lo

    ... surely one of our most successful economic anchors, was created in response to the Hong Kong currency crisis of 1983. We inherited our public housing, education and health care systems and our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581903/when-hong-kong-government-becomes-problem
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China must avoid joining Great Game in Middle East

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 02:46am by Alex Lo

    ... of the chief beneficiaries of America's military misadventure there. It has locked in supplies from Iran and Russia as the two have become increasingly isolated under US-led sanctions. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580433/china-must-avoid-joining-great-game-middle-east
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam falls on own sword

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... have alleged? Experts as politically diverse as Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo, SC; Chatham House senior consulting fellow and former British diplomat Tim Summers; and associate law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1577186/hong-kong-law-society-president-ambrose-lam-falls-own-sword
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:10am by Hari Kumar

    ... with local cable channels. But the programme being aired by another channel, TLC, just might. Called Buying Naked, it is actually a reality show involving house buyers. Only these are nudists who are looking for their place in the sun. Carefully placed flowers, candles and other objects provide the cover for the buyers who leave their clothes behind when they go house hunting. With property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1562182/titillation-takes-new-taste-hong-kong
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    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
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    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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