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  1. The quiet riot of the middle class

    Posted Feb 15th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... CHRIS YEUNG Who are the middle class? This is the $64,000 question the government's brightest minds are addressing as part of a fresh attempt to pacify discontent among this important strata of society. According to press reports, officials from the Home Affairs Bureau and the Central Policy Unit are trying to gain a precise definition of the middle class while contemplating ...

  2. Hard-hit middle class find religion

    Posted Apr 14th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Sars and the economic slump have seen more Hongkongers turning to faith, according to clerics Middle-class Hongkongers have increasingly turned to religion in recent years, amid the difficulties of the economic downturn, according to clerics in mainstream religions. This trend has coincided with the growing role played by the middle class in politics since ...

  3. Middle class vital to stability of society, says Tung

    Posted Jan 08th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The chief executive stressed the importance of middle-class involvement in politics and said more middle-class people would be appointed to advisory boards and committees. 'Only a stable and fully confident middle class will guarantee the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong,' Mr Tung said. Middle-class people have been hit hard by the economic slowdown ...

  4. BJP makes bid for middle-class vote

    Posted Jan 10th 2004, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... yesterday's virtual mini-budget aimed at pleasing middle-class voters by making fridges, cell phones, washing machines, luxury cars, computers and DVDs much cheaper. Finance Minister Jaswant Singh ... and industry. 'The BJP is in a hurry to hold an election so they are distributing doles to the middle class without bothering about the common man,' said Harkishan Singh Surjeet, ...

  5. 46pc on the mainland say they are middle class

    Posted Jul 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting Nearly half the people on the mainland label themselves as 'middle class' but a recent report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences shows it is a bit early to celebrate a booming bourgeoisie. The survey, which interviewed 6,240 people from 12 provinces, found that up to 46.8 per cent of people place themselves among the ranks of the middle class ...

  6. Taxpayer voters will shift clout to middle class

    Posted May 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and towards the middle class. My own view is that the business community should accept this overall trend, but I expect opinion will be divided. This is the sort of practical matter the community ...

  7. Middle-class forum may be expanded if it takes off

    Posted Dec 11th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The government will consider expanding its 600-member middle-class forum amid criticism from lawmakers that it is yet another 'small-circle' consultation. Deputy ... expressed concern that the government would use the forum to 'create middle-class opinions' by claiming it had consulted middle-class representatives. In reality, Mr Ho said, the views ...

  8. HK middle class are a target for Beijing

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... to lobby and court the support of institutions and groups representing the city's middle class and professionals. The move is part of its efforts to reach out to more people. The central ... Holdings, a major mainland investment firm, before being transferred to the liaison office. The objective of the new department will be to try to lobby support from Hong Kong's middle class ...

  9. 'Luxury tax' looms for growing middle class

    Posted Dec 29th 2004, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... said low-income families, such as farmers and the urban jobless, would continue to benefit from tax incentives next year. Experts said the increasing army of the nation's middle class ... class accounts for 19 per cent of the country's 1.3 billion people. The academy considers families with assets valued at between 150,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan to be middle class. Economists ...

  10. Doubts greet government e-mail forum to tap view of middle class

    Posted Jul 15th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The government plans to set up a 600-member middle-class forum to advise it on public issues and policy initiatives. But the group will not meet regularly, communicating instead through e-mail and an internet chat room. The move, revealed yesterday, comes more than a year after Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa pledged to solicit the views of middle-class people ...




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