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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New drug law needs to respect rights

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Heed rights in new drug law Any law that detects drug users and steers them into counselling without fear of prosecution has to be welcomed. Early identification to enhance ... with behaviour that could cause harm to others and damage property, such as driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs. As a result, it poses more complex questions for steps against illegal drugs. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Brunei turns back the clock with sharia law

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:15am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of Terengganu and the Indonesian province of Aceh. Previously, it implemented Islamic law like Indonesia and Malaysia, with Muslims being required to follow Islamic law only in family, property ... undermined and image tainted by the implementation this month of strict Islamic sharia law. Sharia is a draconian system that turns back the clock on international legal and human rights standards. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Only the rule of law can ensure sustained prosperity in China

    Posted May 29th 2014, 04:44pm by ANDY XIE

    ... Andy Xie Andy Xie says China's cycle of economic instability will continue unless the rule of law and the necessary checks are implemented to rein in abuse of government power ... driver for China's environmental degradation. Without the rule of law, why would any business want to pay for pollution control? It is much cheaper to buy off local government officials. ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Fierce competition and high rents force shops to break the law

    Posted May 08th 2014, 04:28am by LETTERS

    ... Fierce competition and high rents force shops to break law The battle for street space is acute in busy urban areas. On parts of Nathan Road, the pavements are empty early in the morning ... such as McDonald's, they have to find ways to deal with skyrocketing property prices. While this is a problem that can never be completely solved, more can be done to curb it. Many retailers are fined, ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong's outdated copyright laws a barrier to development

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 05:16am by LETTERS

    ... in place. But we are concerned that Hong Kong's copyright laws are falling behind other territories, which could prove an obstacle to it becoming an intellectual property trading hub. ... of such far-sighted legislation, which has encouraged investments in the creative industries. Without appropriate laws, intellectual property will be devalued, for instance because of access to infringing ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Dubious windows show flat buyers need better protection

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... bathrooms barely big enough for a sink. The latest oddity that has come to public attention is removable "fixed windows"- an increasingly common feature used by property developers to get ... that can run to hundreds of pages. Such sales tactics go against the spirit of the new law mandating developers to provide clear and accurate details to buyers. Windows affect air flow and noise. ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Enforce the law to keep streets free of encroachment by shops

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Enforce the law to unclog streets Hong Kong's streets are usually so narrow and crowded that navigating them can be difficult. The situation is further aggravated ... with a fundamental change in law enforcers' mindset. It would be meaningless if the revised law is not enforced. Recommendations put forward by the watchdog, such as identifying a lead authority ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should be truly inclusive

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to consult on whether or not the race discrimination law should be broadened to cover nationality, citizenship and residency. The idea is just part of a sweeping review of the four existing ... for subsidised housing and welfare payments. There are also residency-related housing measures, such as the locals-only land sales rules and punitive property stamp duty. The planned overhaul ...




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