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  1. Interest groups speak their minds

    Posted Jul 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... are not asking to be raped No more genetically modified papayas No more subdivided flats Small-class education No more MPF (Mandatory Provident Fund) More smoking areas, lower tobacco tax No more killing ... resign Full autonomy for Hong Kong Scrap by-election reform Topple property hegemony Resume government-subsidised housing scheme Increase salaries for domestic helpers No brainwashing in moral ...

  2. Housing funds drop, but subsidised flats go ahead

    Posted Jan 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... HK$900 million less than forecast. It blamed the volatile market for financial investments and bigger-than-expected pay rises for staff. Particularly hard-hit is the authority's funds ... to build subsidised housing, according to the Housing Authority, which released a revised budget yesterday. To ease the city's housing shortage, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen promised ...

  3. Think-tank's health fund plan still irks lawmakers

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of Trade Unions said contributing to a medical plan on top of the 5 per cent for the Mandatory Provident Fund would be 'a very heavy burden' for half of the workforce. But Donald Li ... Mary Ann Benitez Legislators yesterday rounded on the pro-government Bauhinia Foundation's proposed health-care-financing scheme, saying it would bring hardship to many people. ...

  4. In Brief

    Posted Apr 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are investigating whether the culprits, who spoke Cantonese with mainland accents, are linked to a break-in at a nearby building site about three weeks ago. Tsang reappoints fund chief Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has reappointed Diana Chan Tong Chee-ching as managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority for three years from July 1. Four hurt as school bus crashes ...

  5. Taking a bow

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... to him. He also lavished attention on the plight of the elderly, and admitted that the Mandatory Provident Fund needed reform. He made a vague promise to 'strengthen employees' rights ... high-level demands to give employees a better deal began in 2007 when executive councillor Henry Fan Hung-ling became the MPF Schemes Authority's chairman. His successor, Anna Wu Hung-yuk, ...

  6. Why not just dump the whole capital investment scheme?

    Posted Oct 14th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp The government has reviewed the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, and noted an upward trend in real estate investment, which accounted for 42 per cent of the total investment under the scheme for the first nine months of this year. Despite the fact that real estate investments under the scheme in recent years have only represented about 1 per cent of the total ...

  7. Bureaucrats need a good shaking

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for a more viable future pension scheme than currently provided by the Mandatory Provident Fund, Leung should transfer at least half of its surplus to the fiscal reserves, where they belong, rather ... Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun to head his transition team. It has been bad enough that Tsang's government initiatives in so many areas have been characterised by lots of small schemes that sound ...

  8. Counselling scheme for batterers

    Posted Oct 13th 2005, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui A pilot scheme to provide counselling to people who are violent towards their family members will be launched next year. Under the 'batterer intervention programme', ... intervention scheme was not much different from current practice. She urged the government to revise domestic-violence legislation to make it mandatory for batterers to receive counselling. In his ...

  9. DAB has cheaper option to help elderly at no extra cost to taxpayer

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... only cost the administration about HK$15.5 billion per year, without the public having to pay anything extra. The existing Mandatory Provident Fund has been heavily criticised and people would ... the government to implement this fare scheme as soon as possible. Regarding welfare for the elderly, after consulting academics and other experts, the DAB has hammered out a proposal on retirement ...

  10. A surplus of incompetent leadership

    Posted Mar 06th 2011, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... of a cash injection into the much-derided Mandatory Provident Fund, but also dish out the largest cash handouts ever, to the tune of over HK$40 billion. A confluence of factors- widespread public ... bills or funding proposals in the legislature, senior officials are truly 'emperors without new clothes'. Power and authority are largely illusory when government proposals run ...




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