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  1. The small-house policy is causing needless divisions in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the government for land to build. And it is unsustainable because there is simply not enough land for all the indigenous people to build their small houses. Hong Kong's indigenous people believe ... like parasites. It undermines the Hong Kong spirit, the essence of which is hard work and adaptability. To me, this is the most damaging aspect of the small-house policy. I therefore support ...

  2. Planning ahead for public housing must include developing the New Territories

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of this should take place now, otherwise Hong Kong will continue to face unacceptable overcrowding and unaffordable housing and office accommodation. The government's present proposals of making ... and the Land and Building Advisory Committee, I wish to raise the following serious concerns. The government is reminded that, since the end of the second world war, the population of Hong Kong has ...

  3. Poor rating for public housing service

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam Public housing officials offer the city's least satisfactory government service, according to a Hong Kong Research Association's random telephone survey of 1,662 people this month. Rubbish recycling and public health care services are rated the next two least satisfactory items while the highest ratings cover electricity, water supplies and emergency ...

  4. Sustainable housing policy a priority for restructured government bureaus

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for a sustainable housing policy for Hong Kong. We should strike a balance between the development of sufficient supply annually of public housing- both rental and for sale- and of sufficient supply ... democratic practice which we in Hong Kong should respect and keep intact. However, it should not be taken to an extreme. This is a matter of general public concern which should be reviewed ...

  5. A prayer from the public: give us back our city of fairness and equality

    Posted Jul 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Philip Yeung A new leader is in the saddle. A new day is dawning, as Hong Kong's lost decade stumbles to a close. We dream of a chief executive with the courage of his vision and conviction, and with love in his heart for his people. Though side-tackled by renovation issues, we pray he will stand strong to lead Hong Kong onwards as a fair, compassionate and forward-looking ...

  6. The public mood is sour

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei The public is angry about the policies of the government and corporate giants, a survey says. Last month, the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies surveyed 1,000 local citizens over 18 on the issue of social harmony. More than half of the respondents said there was no social harmony in Hong Kong. The finding underlines the results ...

  7. Housing chief rejects quip by Beijing

    Posted Jun 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was building 19,0000 public housing units and said its progress was 'faster' than Hong Kong's. Wang was speaking in Macau on Thursday as he wrapped up a five-day trip to Hong Kong ... Dennis Chong Dennis.chong@scmp.com The housing minister has challenged the assertion by top mainland official Wang Guangya that Macau is progressing more quickly than Hong Kong in building ...

  8. Hong Kong is crying out for bold thinking on social policies

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... services, to provide smaller classes for students, to increase public housing- were left unanswered. The Catholic diocese of Hong Kong has issued an unprecedented open statement criticising ... to guide public spending. As an example of what we are missing, look to Singapore: its government has just issued the 2012 budget. Similar to Hong Kong, emphasis was placed on upgrading ...

  9. Hong Kong is the best city to live in, new ranking system finds

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... divided flats and cage houses from Google Earth,' Lim said. 'Hong Kong has its advantages as a spatially compact city, but it also suffers from high intensity problems.' Despite ... Lo Wei Wei.lo@scmp.com Hong Kong is the world's best city to live in, edging out Amsterdam and Osaka, according to a new ranking method that has won a competition among systems ...

  10. Serve the housing needs of poor first

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... A happy and worry-free retirement life remains the universal dream of most people. In Hong Kong this goal is arguably more difficult to achieve due to a lack of affordable housing ... not deviate from its mission 'to serve the needs of the Hong Kong community in housing and related services'. That said, the needs of those at the lower end should remain the priority. ...




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