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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    US dollar peg to blame for high private rentals in Hong Kong

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... dollar peg to blame for high private rentals [French economist Thomas] Piketty states that unrestrained capitalism and free markets have caused great inequality... In Hong Kong this can clearly be seen in rising property prices and rents- where property developers and landlords get rich at the expense of workers' stagnant wages. Letters to the editor, May 4 I suppose I shall have ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    End abuse of public housing

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... with various excuses. Public housing is a case in point. It goes without saying that subsidised rental flats are built for low-income earners who cannot afford private housing. Given the limited supply ... the carpet. Well-off tenants should not be allowed to benefit at the expense of those in greater need. Even though some are already paying punitive double rent, the amount is still way below market ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Developers exploiting property loophole Few people outside its neighbourhood have heard of Leung Faat Noodle Shop. But its fight with a subsidiary of Lai Sun Development should concern us because it involves a basic private property right. It could leave gaping loopholes for developers to exploit at the expense of minority flat owners on old private ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice

    Posted Nov 25th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Global guides miss the complexity and economic redress lurking behind high real estate values Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice HK rises ... of about HK$1,200 apiece. Pricey? In fact, public housing tenants are effectively paid to occupy their homes. Management, maintenance and other costs amount to more than rental income. The Housing ...

  5. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... The other half is in government-provided public rental housing and subsidised ownership homes, mainly tenant purchase scheme and homeownership scheme flats. Benefits would come at no one’s expense. The government would not need to raise taxes The market value of government-provided housing is very substantial, but because there are extremely severe restrictions limiting their use either as rental ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, October 17, 2014

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:55am by LETTERS

    ... their lifestyle habits. Lo Hoi-ying, Tsuen Wan   Waste policy failings part of wider unrest The biggest, most expensive and already outdated incinerator in the world will be on the agenda of the Legco ... apartments to meet the needs of those people who cannot afford rents for private flats. Because of this, people face long waiting lists (around three years) before they can get a public rental unit. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Hong Kong must take on the tycoons after Occupy protests

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 12:15pm by Michael Chugani

    ... grandstanding, and scoring cheap political points at the people's expense must give way to a new playbook on changing the old order. Otherwise, expect an even bigger explosion. Michael Chugani ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Little incentive to conserve water

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 05:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... authority also said such a change would make it difficult to guarantee adequate supplies in light of regional demand. Whether the pay-as-you-draw approach would make supplies more expensive ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 04:37am by STAFF

    ... It is true that such expenses were made, but I myself did not go there at all Japan's new trade and industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa denies he attended a sadomasochistic show at a bar   I'm so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence BBC radio presenter Mike Read, who has withdrawn his song supporting the U.K. Independence Party amid claims it is racistR ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe must work to restore faith in his pursuit of reform

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 05:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... lack of vetting quickly followed with controversies involving Obuchi's replacement, Yoichi Miyazawa, over a possible violation of the political funds law and an aide's expenses claim ...




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