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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the convenience, shouldn't you be the one who pays the price? Why should the Hong Kong taxpayer pay it for you? The issue here is not primarily the Chinese white dolphins (CWDs, as these sponsored features term them). The airport people would love to focus all the opposition on the dolphins. They know they can push the white dolphin aside in the end. It's just a red herring (Ow, bad ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong government's reserves are not big enough to fight 'financial predators'

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of new housing. Financial predators were not driven off in 1998. There were none, only a few young yahoos It then occurred to a small clique of young yahoos working for some of the investment ... mostly bit players but some of them laughingly referred to this gambit in public as "my private ATM machine" and word of it got to Donald's ears. He reacted in such a white hot ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Housing Authority will run out of money if it continues building flats without raising rents that are already among the lowest in urban world High time we stopped paying this rent Professor Raymond So Wai-man, who chairs the Housing Authority's finance committee, said it may need to ask for more funding as its coffers will have dwindled to HK$28.2 billion ...

  4. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to industrial land puzzle The government's bias towards housing development in planning policy has left business owners crying out for industrial space. SCMP Property, July 2 Let me present you ... of scarce land. If our chief executive wants to find more land for housing, one good place to start is a fundamental rethink about industrial zoning and leases. It would be a big job but large-scale ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... housing. The reason prices are so high and once again climbing is not a dire shortage of housing. There may be a shortage but it is not dire. Even the government's recent housing aspirations survey, conducted to justify starting a big public housing initiative, showed that demand for separate accommodation was more based on convenience than necessity. Prices are up because a prolonged ...

  6. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Permanent stimulus is putting China's economic health at risk

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 04:41am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... such as railways and social housing construction. SCMP, June 14   I personally have never found any need for amphetamines but I know people who do and I recognise their effect. I recognise it in economic ... housing. I have never been quite sure what the term means but invariably it implies heavy subsidy of housing costs. This will be all very well if Beijing provides the subsidy but I suspect ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    If Yaks can fly, so can China's jumbo

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of strength and power does not lie through building a large aeroplane. Mind you, more than just Soviet bosses have tried it that way. There was Harold Wilson in Britain with his "white heat of technology" which expressed itself in the white elephant of the Concorde airliner. It will be flown by airlines in China, Singapore and African client states Well, perhaps that is not quite fair. ...

  8. Business - Companies - JAKE'S VIEW

    Corporate rescue bill not worth saving

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 05:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp As bankruptcy provisions are fine, there’s no need for Chapter 11-style measures that let smooth talkers continue to lose other people’s money Corporate rescue bill not worth saving Liquidators have urged the government to speed up the legislative process for a proposed corporate rescue bill to allow troubled companies more time to find white knights. They say ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Pension funding figures don't add up

    Posted May 29th 2014, 12:44am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... is the only sum I have yet heard mentioned. It may be just enough for the purpose provided that all housing, medical and special needs costs are separately met and that the beneficiaries have no taste ...

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

    MTR's silence on delays offers test of how well the SFC protects investors

    Posted May 11th 2014, 03:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for insider dealing. This is a straightforward case of black or white, yes or no. If it is inside information, then no one may buy or sell on the basis of it. If it is not inside information, ...




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