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  1. Governments always overlook contribution of middle class

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Following the budget, financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah suggested that middle-class people [who had lost their jobs because of the financial crisis] could take out a loan against their hard-earned property. These are properties that they have sunk their lives into and if the government has the audacity to demand this of the middle class, I think that it is time the government made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673361/governments-always-overlook-contribution-middle-class
  2. A party for the middle class?

    Posted Sep 09th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's middle class professionals are among its most important constituencies, but many feel left out of the political process. Do they deserve a political party of their own, as former Equal Opportunities Commissioner Anna Wu and others say? Share your views - write to us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/427328/party-middle-class
  3. Flawed land policy is strangling middle class and small business

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... real problems with his policy address. We are seeing a polarisation of our community as a result of a flawed economic policy. When middle class professionals cannot afford flats ... to be competitive when the most productive sector of its workforce- the middle class and owners of SMEs- can barely afford a modest home? Hong Kong has a unique economy, in that the wealthiest people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696847/flawed-land-policy-strangling-middle-class-and-small-business
  4. Just one in eight are middle class: survey

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Fewer than one in eight city dwellers on the mainland can be considered middle class, a university study shows. The study was conducted by a research team led by Nanjing ... for the study, and calculated that 11.9 per cent of urban-dwellers fall into the category of 'middle class', which was defined as individuals who earned more than 5,000 yuan a month. They were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/514684/just-one-eight-are-middle-class-survey
  5. CASE STUDY 'THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS FORGETS THE MIDDLE CLASS'

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn One middle-class family did not see much good news in the budget. The only benefit that health consultant Sylvia Lee Chan Wai-yee, 42, and her 47-year-old husband will enjoy ... adding the family would spend the extra money on travelling. 'The new allowances relieve the burden of everyone in society, but they are not only targeting the middle class,' said Mrs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/493128/case-study-government-always-forgets-middle-class
  6. Middle-class unease spurs tax-relief plea

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters The middle class became less satisfied with Hong Kong's macroeconomy in the second half of last year, a poll has found, prompting calls for tax relief. A survey carried out by the political group New Forum found the satisfaction index for the middle class's confidence in the macroeconomy dropped 16.3 points from 126.2 during the first half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537325/middle-class-unease-spurs-tax-relief-plea
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654520/middle-class-has-had-enough-developers-ignoring-objections
  8. New political party targets middle class

    Posted Nov 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... targeting the middle class, plans to field more than 100 candidates in the 2007 district council elections and 2008 Legislative Council polls. It has 10 core members, including former legislator ... a lawyer, said the voice of the middle class was often undermined in the community. 'We feel that the present legislators fail to meet our expectations. They argue and attack each other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/525465
  9. CASE STUDY THE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn and Denise Hung A typical member of the middle class says a proposed goods and services tax would only add to his financial burden despite the relief packages proposed and a reduction in salaries tax. Paul Law Siu-hung, who earns about $100,000 a month as chairman of a motor vehicle company, said none of the relief measures would help, since the middle class was faced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/557158/case-study-middle-class-family
  10. Credit crunch fails to deter middle class from buying luxury goods

    Posted Jan 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lilian Zhang The global economic chill seems to have done little to keep middle-class shoppers from luxury stores. Most department stores in Beijing and Shanghai posted record sales during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and mainland retail sales for the three-day New Year holiday rose 13 per cent year on year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. In Shanghai, tens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666243/credit-crunch-fails-deter-middle-class-buying-luxury-goods

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