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  1. Final address must tackle housing issue

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in 2003. In a random telephone survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme since September, 69 per cent of about 1,000 respondents said housing was a 'very ... immigration from the mainland, and the clearance of squatters. It categorised needs into those for public and private housing. 'The forecast, though based on many assumptions which could turn out ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    More pressing needs for Hong Kong than 'city of lifts' plan

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... issues are high on the new government's agenda. Providing a barrier-free environment for the disabled and elderly has long been the government's policy. But some facilities in public ... he needs more than lifts to do that. There are far more pressing issues that require the government's urgent attention. The community awaits more good news on areas such as housing ...

  3. Public Eye

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... unpopular laws would make our legislature even more of a joke. Public Eye is no fan of Chan or Wong but at least they were democratically elected by the people. Voters can throw the two out ... the heads of public organisations make even more than our already overpaid chief executive. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen gets HK$4.45 million a year - far more than the US president. But the Airport ...

  4. Finance chief to loosen public purse-strings

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said yesterday that he expects public spending to increase in the coming years, but warned that policymakers must take care to make sure increases do not get out of control. Tsang told Commercial Radio Hong Kong that policy planners needed to be cautious about the repercussions of continual budget rises ...

  5. Housing policy a true test of will

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... those rosy targets, a fundamental question remains unanswered: Do we have sufficient land to meet the targets? Despite having an area of just 1,104 square kilometres, Hong Kong has far greater ... with enormous power; property speculation by mainland buyers; unfair land grants to indigenous villagers; long queues for public housing have all raised public concerns. These are just some of the many ...

  6. C.Y.'s finance chief to oversee housing

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... be responsible for the aviation and shipping industries, now under the Transport and Housing Bureau. Consolidating Hong Kong's position as a maritime hub is one of the key planks in Leung's ... administration taking responsibility for both public and private housing, according to a source familiar with the restructuring plan. The new policy was aimed at achieving a coherent approach to housing ...

  7. Housing crunch 'could have been averted'

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the appointees. The key is that we find the right appointees. We could have held off on the system and waited until we thought there was enough political talent in Hong Kong.' ... was the administration's refusal to accept his proposals to relieve the city's housing crunch. The outgoing Central Policy Unit chief said he urged the government to take a more proactive role in increasing ...

  8. Housing chief won't serve under Leung

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on meeting the construction target for public housing and Lam allocating land for different uses. It has also been said that Lam disagreed with Cheng's housing policy, especially the rent-to-buy ... said. Cheng joined the civil service in 1983 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. Before taking up her current political post, she had served as commissioner for tourism ...

  9. No censure for Tsang over canned housing deal

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... executive's failure to help people buy property. Every legislator who spoke in a four-hour debate on the motion yesterday agreed the government should resume the subsidised housing scheme which once helped people squeezed out of the private property market to buy flats. 'The public and this council have long since forged the consensus that the government should resume the construction ...

  10. HK$10m refit for Government House

    Posted Jul 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will spend at least HK$9.95 million of taxpayers' money to renovate his new home, the Government House on Upper Albert ... is now working on the interior alteration and improvement proposals for Government House for the chief executive and his family having regard to the modest and conservative principles,' ...




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