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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Property market still open to loopholes

    Posted May 16th 2014, 03:03am by Alex Lo

    ... the legislature to confirm last year's doubling of stamp duty. Here is an obvious loophole, which the government refuses to close. If you buy several flats under a single contract, a waiver for the doubled stamp duty may be granted for all the flats. Now you can't do the same with parking spaces. If you buy more than one parking space, you get no waiver even if you buy them all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1513003/property-market-still-open-loopholes
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Abraham Razack is not standing up for the common man on stamp duty

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... one or two democrats, is a new anti-speculation measure that taxes local corporate property buyers more than private buyers. The new buyer's stamp duty, introduced last October, requires overseas or corporate buyers of local properties to pay 15 per cent of the price as tax on top of the existing stamp duty and a special stamp duty. Razack and the rest of the Legco gang want local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1311861/abraham-razack-not-standing-common-man-stamp-duty
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why bother inspecting a Hong Kong investment flat?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Alex Lo

    ... the introduction of "spicy" measures such as the doubling of stamp duty, which artificially depressed the number of transactions without pushing down prices, and with lots of money sitting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557023/why-bother-inspecting-hong-kong-investment-flat
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... such as new town developments in the New Territories, funding for waste management facilities and the double property stamp duty. There is now a backlog of over 40 items before the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's indefensible for APA students to perform protest stunts

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 05:03am by Alex Lo

    ... you, the student. Lam was hardly the focus of the proceedings; she was there to perform a ceremonial duty as substitute chancellor while Leung was away on holiday. So why did you ruin your own ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1542020/its-indefensible-hong-kong-students-perform-protest-stunts
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    US immigration detention system just doesn't work

    Posted May 29th 2014, 04:32am by Alex Lo

    ... happy to help. Duties involve cooking, cleaning and other essential routines to keep the facilities going. But inmates have been put in solitary confinement for refusing to work. Others have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1520725/us-immigration-detention-system-just-doesnt-work
  7. 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

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Bubble trouble for the pan-democrats We live in interesting times. During the nail-biting final vote on the government's higher stamp duties to cool 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 ...

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

    Canadian consular officials can't shirk their duty to so-called dual citizens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:18am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Canada shouldn't run protection racket Canadian officials periodically worry about granting too many free services to their "dual" citizens, people who hold a Canadian passport yet are permanent residents elsewhere. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1411293/canadian-consular-officials-cant-shirk-their-duty-so-called
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong Town Planning Board decision on PLA harbourfront site is highly flawed

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:05am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com A highly flawed PLA harbourfront plan I stand corrected. I once through this column called the Town Planning Board a government lapdog and rubber stamp, which provoked an angry reply from its chairman. I was wrong. It is worse; it's just another government department- nay, a sub-unit- in all but name. On Friday, it reached a decision to approve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1429190/hong-kong-town-planning-board-decision-pla-harbourfront-site
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Kevin Lau Chun-to: brutal attack on a well-respected journalist

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by Alex Lo

    ... the community and urged people to do their job and fulfil their professional duty. "That is the way to unify our hearts and community," she said. Those are wise and brave words. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1438858/kevin-lau-chun-brutal-attack-well-respected-journalist

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