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  1. Divided loyalties

    Posted Sep 16th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... with a historic challenge with the launch of the 'two heads' village election system last year. Under the controversial system, indigenous villagers elect one representative and the entire village chooses a second one- which means indigenous villagers have to share running the hamlets with non-indigenous residents. It has sparked concerns over the harmony between indigenous ...

  2. Family ties

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong legislator Chan Kam-lam and his father-in-law, Tsang Sang, shared the Lunar New Year with reporters in Mr Chan's three-storey villa in Sha Tin. Mr Lam's wife, Tsang Wai-ming, and his father-in-law are elected representatives of Shap Yi Wat village, for the indigenous and non-indigenous villagers respectively. ...

  3. Villagers must remember their 'rights' are a privilege

    Posted Dec 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Indigenous villagers are not known for being timid when standing up for what they regard as their rights. But the rowdy reception they gave to environment chief Sarah Liao Sau-tung ... manner in which the indigenous villagers aired their grievances is hardly conducive to finding a workable solution. And it focuses attention on the nature of the 'rights' ...

  4. Ownership shrouded in mist

    Posted Sep 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... was complicated, especially for small houses owned by indigenous males in the New Territories. Property agents said buyers should not trust any village representatives but do their own search in the Land ... If yes, what kind of small house is it? Does the indigenous male pay the land premium before selling the house?' Not all village houses are small houses. Non-native males can buy public ...

  5. Kuk leaders seek clarity on village house policy

    Posted Sep 21st 2004, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... to build high-rise buildings. Under the policy, introduced in 1972, all male indigenous residents who can trace their village roots back to 1898 have the right to build a three-storey house ... Gary Cheung Four Heung Yee Kuk leaders newly elected to the Legislative Council have urged the government to map out the future of the small-house policy that entitles indigenous male ...

  6. kevin sinclair's hong kong

    Posted Nov 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Sinclair There are troubling aspects in the stand-off at Lo Uk village near Pat Heung, where opposition by indigenous villagers has stalled planning approval for a mosque. I'll bet the place of worship will not get an official go-ahead simply because indigenous villagers don't want it. That's the reality of life in the New Territories. The native sons stand ...

  7. Muslim villagers claim racial bias over mosque

    Posted Nov 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... village representative Tang Kwei-yau lodged an objection. Haji Mustafa said district councillors had told him they could do nothing to help if indigenous villagers objected. Elected resident ... rented from indigenous villagers. Many members of the Islamic community, mostly of Pakistani origin, have lived in the district for decades. S.J. Raghbi, chairman of the Pakistani Traders ...

  8. Tracing the roots of the small-house law

    Posted Sep 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... indigenous male villagers aged over 18 years and descended through the male line from a resident in 1898 were entitled to build a three-storey house with a total floor space of 2,100 square feet on a plot of land in the New Territories. The houses did not require building approval from the Building Department, and could be built within the environs of a recognised village or within ...

  9. Walled village revives land swap proposal

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... economic outlook and improvements in the property market, includes turning part of the last indigenous village in Kowloon into a bazaar catering for the growing number of tourists to the city. ... The walled village, which was established during the era of the Sung Dynasty, has been home to generations of three indigenous families- the Chans, the Ngs and the Lees. Mr Leung said about 50 ...

  10. Bulldozers clear trees to widen road for villagers

    Posted Feb 14th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... deciduous trees were bulldozed. They were removed to make way for the $10.5 million widening of a road, which was requested by a local village representative. As the work continued, there was a flood of protests by local residents who rent village houses in hamlets along the road. Work was halted and plans redrawn to save several of the trees, which will now be in the centre of the new ...




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