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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Trend towards building smaller flats is not a healthy sign

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Trend to smaller flats not healthy There is at least one important way in which the government's campaigns to increase flat supply and crack down on property speculation has succeeded. Developers who used to make a killing selling so-called luxury properties are switching to small flats since anti-speculation measures like the double stamp duty were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592662/trend-towards-building-smaller-flats-not-healthy-sign
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Family ties can only take a leader so far

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... is reform-minded and determined to move his country forward. There is no guarantee of success, but with the right attitude and a sense of duty rather than entitlement, there is every chance. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592661/family-ties-can-only-take-leader-so-far
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Information gag is wrong- journalists have duty to report in public interest

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the information gag is to be condemned. It remains the duty of journalists to report matters of public interest. Veteran journalist Gao Yu, 70, was detained in April for allegedly leaking a Communist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555503/information-gag-wrong-journalists-have-duty-report-public
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should be truly inclusive

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

    ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551425/hong-kong-should-be-truly-inclusive
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Sale of hotel units another housing headache for Leung Chun-ying

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... interest. The issue is the unfairness of the exemption from heavy stamp duties on buyers and quick resellers, which are aimed at cooling the red-hot market. Instead, the hotel sales are deemed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1154932/sale-hotel-units-another-housing-headache-leung-chun-ying
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Striking lifeguards must get back to work

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... That lifeguards have again walked away from their duties during the peak swimming season is regrettable. The curtain raiser came in April, with some lifeguards at the HK$800 million Victoria Swimming Pool calling in sick. Yesterday's strike forced some pools to close or shut down partially. Some beaches remained open without lifeguards on duty. Strikes in Hong Kong do not always win public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1567219/striking-lifeguards-must-get-back-work-and-negotiating-table
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Widodo needs support of all Indonesians

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... investment and skills, infrastructure has to be improved, webs of regulation untangled and corruption stamped out. But there is also the politically sensitive matter of energy subsidies: accounting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1558451/widodo-needs-support-all-indonesians-new-chapter-countrys
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Battle over state-owned enterprises an issue of fair trade versus economic reality

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and enjoy government authority; it is not enough to be considered as such merely because the government holds a majority or controlling stake. The ruling will have consequences for import duties ... animosity from champions of free enterprise like the United States, which has for years imposed high duties on many of their imports worth tens of billions of dollars. Washington has waged a tough ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556749/battle-over-state-owned-enterprises-issue-fair-trade-versus
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong government has a duty to respect the rights of domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Respecting the rights of maids After a record number of complaints against recruitment agencies for domestic helpers last year, let alone anecdotal evidence of overcharging and disregard for maids' rights and welfare, it is a worry tha ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1441346/hong-kong-government-has-duty-respect-rights-domestic
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Latest property market curbs welcome, but vigilance still needed

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... four months since he announced a 15 per cent stamp duty on home purchases by non-locals and companies. This raised concerns about a price breakout for commercial and industrial units. ... announced a doubling of stamp duties for homes and other properties valued at more than HK$2 million and a steep rise from the flat rate of HK$100 for cheaper properties. These measures are targeted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1157218/latest-property-market-curbs-welcome-vigilance-still-needed

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