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  1. Basic Law protects village-house rights of New Territories' indigenous residents

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... additional requirements. In his book Hong Kong Metamorphosis Bray declared the policy a success and that if some indigenous villagers 'have made money out of the policy, I do not grudge ... of a 99-year lease agreement with China. The indigenous residents were not consulted on this agreement and, when the British hoisted their flag in Tai Po in 1899, they rebelled. The rebellion ...

  2. Village polls are a step forward for democracy

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For the first time, elections for representatives of more than 700 villages were opened up to the majority of residents, instead of being restricted to indigenous villagers. The polls mark the end ... 2003 to bring a measure of democracy to the villages, this was only achieved after a lengthy court battle and in the face of fierce opposition from indigenous villagers - those who can trace ...

  3. Kuk urged to solve village eviction row

    Posted Jul 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Seven families are fighting a bid by indigenous villager Man Fong-hang to move them from land in Mai Po Lung Village that he claims to own. The village, near San Tin in Yuen Long, is home ... the powerful rural affairs body that defends the interests of indigenous villagers, to step in and it had agreed to do so, but since then they have heard nothing. 'We have met Heung Yee Kuk ...

  4. Kuk defends villagers' secret deals

    Posted Nov 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Indigenous villagers who sell their rights to build small houses have legitimate reasons for doing so, and the government should normalise ... restrictions on small-house rights, such as limiting the sale of small houses to non-indigenous villagers or even putting an end to the small-house policy entirely. Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said ...

  5. Village demand for land 'infinite'

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng and Cheung Chi-fai Officials are struggling to find suitable land for housing in the face of 'infinite' demand from indigenous New Territories residents to build village ... followed by North District's 364 requests and 123 grants. Policymakers keep no statistics on the male indigenous villager population. The closest estimate was in 2003 by the kuk, which put ...

  6. Possible candidates for chief executive failed to deal with village house issue

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... remained confident that they don't have to say anything, as there would be a physical end to the game. The truth is that every indigenous villager's son feels entitled to a land grant, ... Eager to win their 28 votes, it is understandable that the (alleged) candidates competing for the chief executive position failed to remind a meeting of 1,000 Heung Yee Kuk villagers ...

  7. birth rights

    Posted Jun 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Jason Wordie

    ... Jason Wordie 'Indigenous villager' is a common yet much-misunderstood term in modern Hong Kong. Even some lifelong New Territories residents remain unsure exactly what 'indigenous' means. An indigenous New Territories villager is one who can claim an ancestor in the male line who was resident in what became the New Territories when the Convention of Peking, which ...

  8. Candidates clash over village houses

    Posted Jan 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Staff Reporters A dispute between the two leading contenders for chief executive over illegal structures on village houses has escalated. Yesterday Leung Chun-ying hit back at his rival Henry Tang Ying-yen, who had referred to unauthorised structures on the small houses of male indigenous villagers as 'so-called illegal structures'. Tang's comment marked ...

  9. Village chief among 10 held in bribery probe

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... houses. 'It has been clearly written,' he said. Every indigenous male New Territories villager has the right to claim village land and build a house when he turns 18. Under the policy, an elected village representative has to vet claimants for small-house building permits. The village head has to verify that the claimant is a genuine indigenous villager. ...

  10. Minister robbing villagers of rights, says kuk

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lam called for an end to the policy that grants every male indigenous villager the right to build a three-storey house of 2,100 sq ft close to their ancestral homes. The conflict between Lam ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Angry Heung Yee Kuk leaders yesterday accused the development chief of 'robbing villagers of their fundamental rights' by advocating an end ...




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