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Decision on mainland mums due 'within 3 months'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2012, 5:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 September, 2012, 5:53pm

The government has come up with “a direction” for addressing the mainland mothers issue, and will decide on its next course of action within three months, the justice chief said on Thursday.

Speaking after attending a legal forum in Guangzhou, Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said the government had been getting advice from a British queen’s counsel on how to deal with the longstanding issue of mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong.

Yuen did not reveal further details about the British lawyer or the government’s direction, except to say that it was “positive”.

In April, Leung Chun-ying, who was then chief executive-elect, announced a “zero quota” for mainland women giving birth in the city’s public and private hospitals from next year.

The decision was popular among Hongkongers, who fear that a surge in mainland children gaining Hong Kong citizenship will increase competition for health care and education.

Yuen said the government was planning to finish its assessment of the issue and make a decision on the issue within three months.

At present, mainland women who are at least seven months pregnant are denied entry at the border if they cannot prove they have booked an obstetrics bed at a Hong Kong hospital.

Leung’s “zero quota” came in response to an influx of pregnant mainland women that has left some of the city’s public hospitals overstretched. Public hospitals, whose quota of 3,400 for non-local women was fully booked this year, will not take bookings next year for non-local deliveries.


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Why not refusing citizenship to babies born in Hong Kong, whos' at least one parent are not a Hongkong resident? Many countries in the world are handling the matter in this way. Heck, even the PRC is giving Chinese Citizenship only to people born in China whos' parents are Chinese Citizen (at least one). And as a Chinese citizen if you are born in Shanghai or Beijing etc. you won't get automatically a Hukou of Shanghai or Bejing etc. if your parents or not registered Shanghai or Beijing residents. What is so difficult in arranging such a regulary in HK? Generally, it is nothing wrong with it, having a baby in Hongkong for better hygienic condition and professional treatment if they pay for it. But having a baby just to get the advantage of free quality education and welfare from HK in getting a guaranteed citizenship for the children is abusement of the social welfare system if they never have paid regulary tax and social contribution to the HK society before. Just cancel the right of abode if someone is born in HK no matter if the parents are not HK citizen, then we will see whether the mainland mothers still wants to come to HK for giving birth.


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