Affirmative Action

More women needed on board

Fewer than 10 per cent of directors of Hang Seng Index companies are women. That hardly reflects women's education, ability or potential in 21st century Hong Kong. This waste is not unique to us.

Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am

Women split over quotas on listed company boards

Female high-fliers were divided over whether a mandatory quota of women on the boards of listed companies would be a step towards improving gender equality in city workplaces.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fair grounds

In Hong Kong, I often hear completely misguided, misinformed - and sometimes just plain disturbing - interpretations of affirmative action.

'If you were Latino, you could get into Harvard with your scores. But because you are Asian, you need 400 extra points. So go study.'

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Job quotas for disabled can help change minds

An enlightened government should lead in enacting laws to protect its most vulnerable citizens, and not just wait for community pressure to force it to act. It is to the credit of the Hong Kong government that, despite many objections, minimum-wage legislation was recently introduced.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Experienced job applicants without a degree can also be suitable candidates

It is not surprising that Robert Chow Yung lost his temper with legislators Cheung Man-kwong and Emily Lau Wai-hing concerning his fitness for the post of RTHK director, 'Trio bemused by degree broadside' (South China Morning Post, February 26).

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A law, on its own, cannot wipe out racism

Ask Hong Kong people whether they think racial discrimination is a problem in this city, and most will probably say 'no'. The chances are that they have never experienced such discrimination, so they assume that the 5.1 per cent of the community who are not Chinese don't, either.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

India finds a new elite in the grass roots

There's the suggestion of elitism in the fact that just 475 out of 150,000 candidates have survived a gruelling, year-long examination process in India. Now they will join the ranks of the technocracy managing the nation's tryst with modernity.

But this elite is actually drawn from the base of Indian society - small towns in the grip of feudalism and tradition.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Voice for ethnic minorities may fall silent

The only non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping ethnic minorities in Hong Kong may have to close as the premises it has been using free of charge will soon have to be returned to the landlord.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Legislator wants help for disabled students

A legislator has called for affirmative action to help students with special needs get university places. At a Legislative Council subcommittee meeting yesterday, Democrat Cheung Man-kwong (pictured), who represents the education sector, suggested that students with hearing impairments, for example, not have to sit oral examinations at A level.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Race bias bill so full of holes it flouts UN pact, expert says

Draft discrimination law seen as worse than doing nothing

The proposed race-relations law exempts so many discriminatory practices that it breaches international civil rights law, the man who was almost the Equal Opportunities Commission's operations director says.

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Malaysian racial harmony put to the test by university row

Malays and the Chinese minority are again trading insults and accusations of racism because both feel aggrieved with the allocation of limited undergraduate places in Malaysia's fiercely competitive medical faculties.

There is fierce debate that under-qualified Malays have been given places at the expense of better-qualified Chinese students.

1 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

80pc of secondary students oppose university budget cuts

Most believe such a move would undermine the quality of education services

Eighty per cent of secondary students oppose university budget cuts, saying they would adversely affect the quality of education.

29 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Recruitment process for unit is not discriminatory

I refer to the report headlined 'Language skills for race-relations unit under fire' (South China Morning Post, May 13).

Commentators quoted in the report said our requirement that applicants for jobs in the race relations unit should be able to speak and write Chinese was discriminatory.

21 May 2002 - 12:00am

Affirmative action embraced wrong group

Once again, the Hong Kong Government seems determined to place itself above the law. A formal investigation by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) found that the Government's Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) System discriminates on the basis of sex, in violation of the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.

26 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Education is failing boys

What interests me about the recent allegations of sexual bias in secondary school selection is that they suggest that Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission is one of the few in the world that considers a form of affirmative action on behalf of a group or gender to be a bad thing.

4 Sep 1999 - 12:00am