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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It was stupid for China to jail Uygur professor Ilham Tohti

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:47am by Alex Lo

    ... inmates' moral stature is rising even faster. One reason Tohti was jailed may be because he was giving his time a little too freely to foreign reporters who haven't a clue about Xinjiang ...

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    Hong Kong's massive surpluses could fund pension scheme

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by Alex Lo

    ... in the government-commissioned study, only three are realistic in that they involve active contributions- 2.5 per cent of salary from workers and 2.5 per cent from bosses. They also propose new taxes. But even ... taxes and/or the government would have to inject funds into the pension scheme beyond the meagre HK$50 billion proposed to get it going. We need to ask about the trillions sitting ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beware risk of challenging China's 'one country' concept for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Alex Lo

    ... more like a city-state than a city- with our own currency, borders and passports, legal and tax systems, fiscal and budgetary independence, and separate representation in many world bodies. ...

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    Talking about core values while ignoring our minorities

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 05:26am by Alex Lo

    ... international schools to expand, with temporary sites and permanent homes. Even the more recent Nord Anglia school in Lam Tin gets tax breaks and free land, though its mother company is listed ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Property market still open to loopholes

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

    ... to make what is for most people one of their most important life decisions. There are, of course, obvious and direct means to crack down on speculation: start a capital gains tax and a tax on unoccupied flats and undeveloped land held by large developers. Yet not only officials but many Hong Kong people- more than half of whom own their own homes- are biased against such taxes so ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    'Lexusgate Leung' has had his chance at political office

    Posted May 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... the indisputably gentlemanly virtues of the old man. Now, I am not worried about "Lexusgate", Leung's purchase of a luxury car before raising the new vehicle tax in 2003. It could have been ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

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

    ... with China's Development Research Centre, says local governments must be allowed to raise taxes and fees, so they can reduce their dependence on land sales for revenue, a major cause of corruption, ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

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

    ... directly subsidised the segments of our population that needed the least welfare support, primarily through rates waivers and property tax reductions. This is obscene not only because ...

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    One-dimensional thinking afflicts Hong Kong's budget

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by Alex Lo

    ... or cut spending. Someone like Tsang will never consider raising existing taxes or creating new ones. So that pretty much leaves cuts. I have no idea if Tsang's fiscal predictions ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Inferiority complex can be useful too

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 03:41am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Inferiority complex can be useful too So, this is the latest pop recipe for success: having a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. It's being advocated by tiger mum Amy Chua and her husband and fellow Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld. I haven't read their book The Triple Package- too many other books ahead of the queue in my shelves ...




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