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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Piercing Tsang's 'middle class' delusion

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com So John Tsang Chun-wah lives a frugal lifestyle, drinks tea and watches French movies. Good for him, but that does not make him middle class. Maybe the finance secretary thinks being middle class is a state of mind. But as someone earning HK$302,205 a month and living in a luxury house (courtesy of taxpayers), excluding perks, benefits and a generous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1167232/piercing-tsangs-middle-class-delusion
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1163993/hong-kongs-middle-class-need-help-not-coffee
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Dockers' strike reflects squeeze on middle class

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Wong

    ... Alan Wong Alan Wong says dockers already get a decent wage, but surging prices have hit them hard Workers' strike reflects squeeze on middle class Their demand for safer, more humane ... nor a cage is hard enough, but because of a strong renminbi and the rise in global prices, soaring food costs have become another major source of distress for the sandwich class. In local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1215395/dockers-strike-reflects-squeeze-middle-class
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    John Tsang's confused middle-class claim

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 12:00am by Alice Wu

    ... Alice Wu Alice Wu says the middle classes do not care whether John Tsang is one of them, only that he understands their struggles A class apart This middle-class debate - an offshoot of the government budget unveiled last week - is a good one. Is Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah a member of our middle class? Truth be told, there is yet to be one universally accepted definition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1173475/john-tsangs-confused-middle-class-claim
  5. News - Hong Kong - BUDGET

    Price of entry to middle class? Coffee and tickets to French movies- finance secretary

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, Joshua But and Joyce Ng

    ... Tony Cheung, Joshua But and Joyce Ng It's not how much you earn, says financial chief John Tsang Price of entry to middle class … Never mind how much you earn- even if it is more than HK$300,000 a month as a top government official- if you drink coffee and watch French movies, you're middle class. That was the definition offered yesterday by John Tsang Chun-wah, under fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1163799/price-entry-middle-class-coffee-and-tickets-french-movies-finance
  6. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Middle-class Pakistani students set sights on Chinese education and jobs

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Middle-class Pakistanis flocking to learn Chinese When Misbah Rashid taught Chinese 30 years ago, few signed up. Today his department has more than 200 Pakistani students, increasingly attracted ... to mingle with an international Westernised elite. But Rashid's pupils are mostly middle class. Ambitious and academic, they lack the means to afford an American or British education and so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1187832/middle-class-pakistani-students-set-sights-chinese-education-and-jobs
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Budget must watch out for Hong Kong's middle class

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Philip Yeung calls for budget measures that help struggling families with education and rent John Tsang mustn't kill the middle class dream of upward social mobility Once ... optimism resembles a dog-eat-dog compound. We have become a pear-shaped society, with a swollen lower class and a shrinking middle class, the former trapped by impotent rage and the latter resigned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1154056/budget-must-watch-out-hong-kongs-middle-class
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Policy address crucially overlooks plight of the middle class

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 06:44pm by Alex Lo

    ... “The top priority of the current-term government is to tackle the housing problem,” Leung said. It has no real appeal to the middle class, a crucial base of support, as many of its families ... and elderly. It has no real appeal to the middle class, a crucial base of support, as many of its families are increasingly dissatisfied with rising medical costs, falling education standards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1129506/policy-address-crucially-overlooks-plight-middle-class
  9. Business - Companies

    Recession, technology kill middle-class jobs

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 02:56pm

    ... Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation ... during the Great Recession paid middle-class wages, ranging from US$38,000 to US$68,000. But only 2 per cent of the 3.5 million jobs gained since the recession ended in June 2009 are midpay. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1135153/recession-technology-kill-middle-class-jobs
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The pain of the squeezed middle class

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Michael Chugani reflects on the pain of the rent-paying middle class who look up only to see a future of downward mobility The long slide I am in shock. The person who put me in this state is my landlord who has informed me that my rent will go up by 40 per cent when the lease runs out. He recently bought the place from the previous owner, put me in a temporary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1127165/pain-squeezed-middle-class

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