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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. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Rural chief urges 'generous approach' to tackling issues in New Territories

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT

    ... policy have also been met with fury by indigenous villagers. The colonial-era policy gives any indigenous male aged over 18 the right, once in his lifetime, to build a three-storey home in his ... long-standing rural issues. Lau was speaking yesterday at a spring reception of the kuk, the powerful rural body that represents New Territories villagers. It was the first one to be attended by new ...

  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. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Small-house moves worthy of Machiavelli

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... on the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural body that represents indigenous villagers in the New Territories. After I wrote another rant on the government's small-house policy last week, two readers wrote back with far more sophisticated analyses. One has worked for a long time on assignment in hundreds of villages. Due to the topic's sensitivity, I cannot disclose the person's ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - ACCESS RIGHTS

    Villagers' long struggle home may be near end

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... site. Lau, who represents the interests of indigenous New Territories residents, believed the matter could be resolved without the villagers having to fork out cash. The villagers had been led ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Rural leader believes displaced residents can start building new homes in matter of months Villagers' long struggle home may be near end The displaced ...




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