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More express dissatisfaction with Leung Chun-ying's policy address, new poll finds

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 4:34am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 4:34am
 

Dissatisfaction with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's second policy address has soared in the days since he delivered it last week, new poll results show.

Just 23 per cent of Hongkongers are satisfied with the policy address despite the announcement that more than HK$10 billion will go towards new measures to help the poor, a University of Hong Kong survey showed.

More than two-thirds of the 519 respondents said Leung did too little to help the middle class.

The public's dissatisfaction rate with the address rose 10 percentage points, from 31 per cent in an instant survey on the day of the address to 41 per cent in follow-up polls conducted over the next two days.

The net satisfaction rate - the difference between the two - also dropped 23 percentage points, from a positive 5 per cent in the instant study to minus 18 per cent in the follow-up.

Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of HKU's public opinion programme, said the appraisal had changed from positive to negative because most of the respondents who did not express an opinion at first now held a negative view of the address.

While there was 62 per cent support for the new allowance for the working poor, 70 per cent agreed that Leung was not doing enough to help the middle class, with only 15 per cent disagreeing.

Leung's proposal to develop a business "metropolis" on an artificial island off Lantau drew just 48 per cent support, with 35 per cent opposing it.

The follow-up polls recorded an average mark of 48.1 out of 100 for the blueprint, six points lower than the instant survey. The margin of error for the study was plus or minus 4 per cent.

Meanwhile, the chief executive has brushed off rumours that Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah - who has warned that Hong Kong will run out of money if its lavish spending continues - was at odds with his financial philosophy.

The administration would strive to achieve a fiscal balance, Leung said.

Separately, a commentary published in the People's Daily overseas edition said Hong Kong should not simply follow the practice of the Macau government of giving cash handouts to its citizens.

"Macau [can give] handouts because of its continuous rapid economic growth … thanks to the windfall from gambling revenue and the utilisation of the supportive measures given by the central government," it said.

"But Hong Kong has been plagued by endless political wrangling in recent years, which has led to a drop in its competitiveness."

The commentary suggested that Hong Kong learn from Macau by getting rid of political disputes.

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lucifer
The primary problem here is also the main reason why nobody will be impressed with any of the government's policies these days - that is to say, before the government, the CE in particular, formulates a policy, first they ask themselves how can we create a policy that benefits Hong Kong, meets the needs of the people and solves an issue of contention for the local population?
However, that is not the end of the question....the second part goes something like this......."that somehow also benefits the Mainland and that is acceptable to Beijing?" It's the second part of the question that cannot be reconciled, because Hong Kong's primary purpose these days seems to be to help the Mainland develop, provide its companies and corrupt officials with large sums of capital, be a place for Mainlanders to shop so that Mainland reforms can be further delayed and above all, promote allegiance to the dictatorship of the proletariat in Beijing.
johnyuan
There are many things a CE can address in order to assist the middle class of which 2/3 of the respondents has expressed themselves unimpressed by the last policy address.
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If Hong Kong middle class feels being living an oppressed life then picking the right issue to improve living is essential. Within the power of the middle class, it should press for law for time and day limit at work. The middle class in Hong Kong is not middle class by comparison with advance economy. Hong Kong middle class should rise up and be a true middle class and not a group of modern slaves to their employers.
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As for what the Hong Kong government can most effectively do to improve life of middle class in Hong Kong nothing more than provide financial relief on mortgage payment. It is a worthy undertaking since many social problems arise from the property bondage one must bear in order to live. Government should assist the middle class in their mortgage payment with the objective that one parent can afford to stay home. Yes, start to use the ill-gotten revenue in the billions from property and put it back in the hands who had contributed.
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Furthermore, government continues exercise new means in land bidding as has taken place on the recent MTRC site. Think about how to lower housing cost that is affordable by one-income.
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All these measures will improve life in Hong Kong and what the ‘middle class’ like to hear and to become true middle class.

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