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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How the propertied class found favour It's rare to find lawmakers Alan Leong Ka-kit and Abraham Razack on the same side of the fence. But the arch pan-democrat and the property tycoons' man in Legco have both come down hard on the government for selling land to private developers or converting it to other uses. It was originally earmarked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:10am by Hari Kumar

    ... are looking for their place in the sun. Carefully placed flowers, candles and other objects provide the cover for the buyers who leave their clothes behind when they go house hunting. With property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1562182/titillation-takes-new-taste-hong-kong
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... such as new town developments in the New Territories, funding for waste management facilities and the double property stamp duty. There is now a backlog of over 40 items before the Legislative ... of his term to making sure Hong Kong achieves universal suffrage as prescribed under the Basic Law by 2017. He may thereby regain some political capital with the general public, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    What's the fuss about Jimmy Lai giving out political donations to Hong Kong pan-democrats?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by Alex Lo

    ... political donation laws which allow donors and recipients to avoid disclosing who gives what to whom. I am sure if we had a tougher law, we would find obscene amounts of donations from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557306/whats-fuss-about-jimmy-lai-giving-out-political-donations
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why bother inspecting a Hong Kong investment flat?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Alex Lo

    ... to the construction site. This has upset the Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Authority. Under the Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance, developers are required to let buyers see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557023/why-bother-inspecting-hong-kong-investment-flat
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Benny Tai's reprehensible mutiny call to police

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:09am by Alex Lo

    ... true colours by calling on frontline police officers to mutiny. In an open letter to the police published in Apple Daily yesterday, the organiser, University of Hong Kong law professor Benny ... to breach their own oath and the law under the Police Force Ordinance, Tai has gone beyond the pale and may have committed an offence. Even more reprehensible is that Tai takes a holier-than-thou ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1554263/benny-tais-reprehensible-mutiny-call-police
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Government haste in handing reform report to NPC could backfire

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by Alex Lo

    ... and law enforcement. The government should make a high-profile gesture to delay handing the report to the NPC to allow Hong Kong people more time to digest its results. As Democratic Party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1553469/government-haste-handing-reform-report-npc-could-backfire
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Don't follow EU's bad privacy ruling in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:57am by Alex Lo

    ... across Asia to offer a similar service. There is a difference, though. In the EU, the service is demanded by law. In Asia, it would be out of the goodness of Google. I say, don't do it. We must not follow a terribly bad decision made by a foreign court just because Chiang thinks it's a good idea. One saving grace is that he is not planning to turn it into law. If the search ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1534289/dont-follow-eus-bad-privacy-ruling-hong-kong
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's time to set idealistic pieties aside over Hong Kong's universal suffrage

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by Alex Lo

    ... The survey was conducted by Lingnan University and paid for by the non-partisan Concern Group for Public Opinion on Constitutional Development, led by media and property heavyweight Shih Wing-ching ... the Basic Law. But there are good grounds to believe it is. Even if it is not, many independent scholars have pointed out the obvious- public nomination does not equate to real democracy, but only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535182/its-time-set-idealistic-pieties-aside-over-hong-kongs
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Property market still open to loopholes

    Posted May 16th 2014, 03:03am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Property market still open to loopholes Few people disputed the need to cool the bubbly property market last year. But the way the government goes about it has ... at the same time. This shows the government recognises a loophole. Granted, it's not a big one. The waiver only applies if you are a first-time flat buyer or own no property at the time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1513003/property-market-still-open-loopholes

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