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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's middle-class need help, not coffee

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Middle-class: relief, not coffee John Tsang Chun-wah risks turning himself into an object of ridicule for his remarks over the middle class. With a monthly pay of HK$368,220 and numerous properties here and overseas, the finance chief hardly belongs to the middle class we know. He appears to have made things worse when he sought to defend himself amid simmering outrage ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Candidates are rewarded for their hard work in local elections

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... How politically representative is the preference of 4,000-odd voters in a middle-class housing estate on Island south is open to debate. It may be tempting to jump to the conclusion ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Now all John Tsang has to do is come up with a long-term fiscal plan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... if the middle class and the underprivileged feel left out, while the public coffers continue to be flooded with piles of cash. There are initiatives to enhance competitiveness and welfare services, ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Leung Chun-ying takes a pragmatic line in policy address

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 12:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... or a third core business district after Central and Kowloon East- includes a vision of a massive reclaimed island in waters between it and Hong Kong Island. Middle class predicament If there is anything in the policy address for the middle-class in return for the taxes they pay, or for that matter for the "sandwich" class, it is to be found in extra government funding ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Thailand must follow democratic path or risk further chaos

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 03:15am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and middle classes seeking Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's replacement by an appointed council refuse to end their protests, and the opposition Democrat Party, closely aligned ... social and political rights of the rural poor have to be respected and the concerns of the urban elites and middle classes addressed. Thais need a new social contract that comes about ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    John Tsang must show he can spend wisely in budget

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:05am by SCMP Editorial

    ... month has already fuelled the impression that the middle class has been left out. The public have to be satisfied that the money saved from the relief measures will be spent on more worthy ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Pressing case for a heritage body to help preserve Hong Kong's past

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 04:31am by SCMP Editorial

    ... consultation on how to preserve private historic buildings. It is an essential element of reviewing our city's heritage policy, but the process has been pushed back to at least the middle ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Ballot box must rule in Thailand

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 02:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... being corrupt and a proxy for her exiled brother and former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. Those are valid matters of debate, but it is also true that the Democrats, representing the middle classes and the Bangkok elite, have been unable to win an election for two decades. Yingluck's power base is in the north and northeast among the country's poor, who constitute ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cross-border class conundrum

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Cross-border class conundrum What is more frustrating than not being able to get a school place for one's children? With competition intensifying in recent years, parents can be excused for feeling helpless. Increasingly, what used to be a basic right has become difficult to secure. The tension is further fuelled by an influx of the Hong Kong-born children ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    It's imperative to keep the MTR on track as number of train users rises

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to be concerned when a world-class system is perceived to be no longer as reliable and efficient as it used to be. The heavy reliance on the MTR means a single incident can cause mayhem. The MTR has been ...




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