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  1. Indigenous villagers owe $51m in unpaid rent

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The government is owed $51 million in unpaid rent and rates from indigenous villagers in the New Territories who either don't understand the law or claim they cannot ... Rent (Assessment and Collection) Ordinance, enacted in 1997, provides for the assessment and collection of government rent, after the handover, for indigenous villagers. The law says ...

  2. Villagers may protest over slaughterhouse

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung An outspoken rural politician yesterday threatened to mobilise hundreds of Sheung Shui villagers to join protests against the government's plan to build a poultry slaughterhouse. Brian Kan Ping-chee, one of the heads of Tsung Pak Long village and a former champion horse trainer, criticised the government for having failed to consult residents before unveiling ...

  3. Villagers create Legco ruckus in housing row

    Posted May 25th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Article 40 of the Basic Law- which says traditional rights for indigenous villagers should be protected- meant the small-house policy should be maintained. He said the policy was open to abuse. ... Ambrose Leung Rowdy New Territories villagers yesterday tried to mob Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan in Legco to demand an apology for remarks he made over a rural housing ...

  4. Villagers to step up zoning battle

    Posted Sep 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee and Joyce Ng Indigenous villagers in the New Territories have vowed to take stronger action against the government's plan to zone country park enclaves that they own, saying ... on the ideas. The kuk will meet some indigenous villagers living overseas on Monday and is planning a trip to Europe in November to discuss future actions. Cheung said many landowners in the proposed ...

  5. Fines may solve village dilemma

    Posted Apr 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... head of the Lands Department says. The proposal from Patrick Lau Lai-chiu was welcomed by a leader of the influential Heung Yee Kuk, which looks after the interests of indigenous New ... under old leases. He was referring to the block crown lease system, dating back to 1905, which registered villagers' land ownership and did not limit the height of the houses they could ...

  6. Kuk irked over report on illegal structures

    Posted May 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... revolution'. Among non-kuk members, however, such fury is seen as the indignation of a privileged class. 'Indigenous New Territories villagers are certainly privileged. They have the right to build small houses while others don't. In the village, they also have two votes under the dual-head election system, while non-indigenous villagers have only one vote,' said Raphael ...

  7. Duty calls to help solve a small housing problem

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Joseph Wong

    ... of the 'traditional rights and interests' of indigenous villagers guaranteed under Article 40 of the Basic Law. Under this policy, male indigenous villagers over 18- who are descended through the male ... for small-house sites on government land. This policy is applicable to the hundreds of thousands of indigenous villagers and their descendents, with no end date. The government has a backlog of over ...

  8. Call for action on village policy

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

    ... space. The policy was initiated in 1972. Article 40 of the Basic Law guarantees protection of the lawful traditional rights and interests of indigenous villagers in the New Territories. ... and corruption cases have also been reported. The small-house policy is also regarded as discriminatory on two grounds- female indigenous villagers and non-native Hong Kong people are excluded. Critics ...

  9. Small house owners are privileged indeed

    Posted Apr 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... illuminating, but hardly surprising. For years, the actions of so-called indigenous villagers, their prioritisation of their property interests above all else and their influence of government policies ... the rural affairs body which protects those interests, even though the Ombudsman had been diplomatic in his choice of words. The fact is, indigenous villagers under protection of the Heung Yee Kuk ...

  10. Government must end small house policy

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When it comes to the small house policy, New Territories villagers and their representative body, the Heung Yee Kuk, cannot be reasoned with. Excessive indulgence and tolerance by successive administrations from the colonial era to the current government have made it all but impossible for officials to negotiate with the kuk. Since the handover, villagers have ...




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