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  1. The workers' long march to a middle class

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... labour.' The evolution of her family's buying power mirrors the creation of the mainland's middle class. The household bought a table fan for 100 yuan shortly after the birth ... class vary. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which defines the group according to profession, says the middle class accounts for 20 per cent of the nation's population. In another ...

  2. Middle class more vocal in calls for political change

    Posted Nov 07th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu Macau's professionals, artists unite ahead of key elections An increasingly vocal middle class is changing Macau's political landscape ahead of two elections next year. ... at the end of September, said Macau had come to a point where its middle class felt obliged to speak up. 'Businesspeople used to dominate the public sphere of Macau, but their views often differ ...

  3. Middle class ripe for health care reform

    Posted Mar 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung The government has its best chance in 20 years to win middle-class support for reforming the financing of health care. Big budget surpluses in the past two years have allowed the administration to return billions of dollars to taxpayers. The middle class has been the biggest beneficiary. With the job market booming, wage levels rising and ever fewer homeowners stuck in negative ...

  4. Middle class has had enough of developers ignoring objections

    Posted Sep 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Mega Tower saga will live on in Hong Kong annals as the defining moment when the city's middle class decided enough is enough, the time has come to throw off the shackles of the property ...

  5. Middle-class families feel the pinch as food prices soar

    Posted Jun 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Middle-income families are feeling the pinch of rising food prices, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. Almost a quarter of the 792 middle-class ... to cut costs, and 12.1 per cent said they wanted the government to allocate more funding to the Consumer Council to monitor prices, according to findings of a street poll by Middle Class Power ...

  6. Middle-class calls for tax break

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Scarlett Chiang The middle-class wants a one-off tax subsidy and a fund to be set up for the elderly in the budget, a survey has found. More than 45 per cent of interviewees said ... tax or expanding the tax brackets. The poll by the group Middle Class Power interviewed 633 people between January 21 and January 28 asking for their expectations on the budget. ...

  7. Coup for Bangkok's taxed middle class

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by Simon Montlake

    ... we're weak because we're middle class. That's why I came here,' he said. Echoing the opinions of PAD leaders, Mr Puttachai wants a radical rethink of Thailand's shaky ... old-money elite and civil libertarians. This electoral machine posed a threat to middle-class voters who saw their taxes being used to shore up Thaksin's popularity. In late 2005, Mr Sondhi, ...

  8. This affects me: the middle classes

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam THE SMALL-BUSINESS MAN The government should use its surplus to give the middle-class long-term education and medical subsidies instead of cash rebates, according to businessman ... one-shot. I think, we, in the middle-class, should have something more than that. 'I think the government should spend the money for tax rebates to subsidise education for our children. It can ...

  9. Tax relief urged for middle class

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng More should be done to benefit the middle class which has largely borne the brunt of the tax burden but has yet to really share in the wealth redistribution, a top accounting ... a difference to lower-income groups but does not really benefit the middle class. Raising the limit to HK$50,000 could help the middle class,' she said. Ms Wong said that with cuts to the standard ...

  10. Medical reform a hard sell to middle class

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of up to 5 per cent, however, this presents the government with a tough sell to its main target audience- the middle class. Concerns have understandably been raised about the additional ... The additional financial burden, especially on middle-class families, is clearly a significant one. The government will have to work hard to persuade the public that such a policy is necessary. ...




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