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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bubble trouble for the pan-dems in Legco property cooling vote

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:52am by Alex Lo

    ... the property market, in-your-face lawmakers "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats and Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the NeoDemocrats backed the government. However, 23 ... Chi-chuen abstained, rather than joining the rest of the pan-dem crew. The anti-property-bubble package is one of the few government initiatives that actually had widespread public support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1433839/bubble-trouble-pan-dems-legco-property-cooling-vote
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... and educational services for new urbanites, and better protection of farmers' property rights stemming from land they leave behind. To cope with the influx, the report, published jointly ... years ago. Property rights, rule of law and rise of the bourgeois middle class- the basis of Western democracy- became reality for the majority as part of a vast historical process of which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1461246/urbanisation-will-drive-democracy
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    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... to unimagined fortunes is well-known. Far lesser-known is how much we have directly subsidised the middle and upper-middle classes since 2004, mostly through property-related concessions. That's ... HK$220 billion. Of the HK$220 billion, 28.7 per cent went to property owners and 23.5 per cent to taxpayers. Only 3.9 per cent was given to low-income groups and another 7.6 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458027/how-hong-kongs-government-subsidises-those-who-need-it-least
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hongkongers should see the bigger picture on mainland Chinese visitors

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... against mainland visitors. Yeah, yeah, I know. I have heard all the arguments about how mainland visitors don't benefit the average Hongkonger, only those in property, retail and high-end services. They push up housing costs, pricing locals out of the property market. On the last point, you see something similar in London, New York, Singapore, Vancouver among other major world ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1429880/hongkongers-should-see-bigger-picture-mainland-chinese
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Signs that Hong Kong society is tearing at the seams

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:46am by Alex Lo

    ... card, is no longer a pro-government party. In fact, as a proxy for the business and property sectors, it has been a frequent opponent of the Leung Chun-ying administration's policies, especially its anti-property-bubble measures. Among the property tycoons, Leung probably can only count on Ronnie Chan Chi-chung of Hang Lung Properties. Despite being a member of the Executive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1424829/signs-hong-kong-society-tearing-seams
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong protesters attack Leung Chun-ying with impunity

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... C.Y.'s expansion of housing and land supply, his anti-poverty programmes and measures against property speculation have made him more effective as chief executive than any previous ones we have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1416082/hong-kong-protesters-attack-leung-chun-ying-impunity
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Comparisons can solve gross problem

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... attempts to make the sale of properties more transparent and fairer for buyers. Even so, it is right to argue that gross floor areas should also be included in sales brochures. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance will come into effect at the end of next month. Under the new law, developers and agents must use the new standard saleable area in the place of gross floor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1195686/comparisons-can-solve-gross-problem
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden must use drastic measures

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 04:58am by Hari Kumar

    ... there are some who still consider the group traitors, for hurting the government which was at war in Vietnam at the time. Breaking into buildings and seizing property is what governments do to fight ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1401780/why-whistle-blowers-edward-snowden-must-use-drastic-measures
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Don't pretend tycoons' gift is good for us

    Posted Jul 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... on residential and non-residential properties above HK$2 million, were working. That's all fine and dandy. Developers and big business, of course, have been pressing the government to relax or even ... one government minister talked tough, another gave way. Professor Chan Ka-keung, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, sounded all brave and defiant when he said property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1272629/dont-pretend-tycoons-gift-good-us
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Setting more rules won't solve Hong Kong's ills; enforce the ones we have

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... have proposed licensing subdivided flats in residential buildings. Triad-affiliated contractors and decorators have been a problem for decades. One favoured tactic is to start work, make ... such a property. Well, at least the government is waking up to long-standing problems that have been left festering for a long time. Better late than never! ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1307231/setting-more-rules-wont-solve-hong-kongs-ills-enforce-ones

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