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No place for subdivided flats in our city

If there is a silver lining in the sorry tale of development chief Paul Chan Mo-po, his wife and the subdivided flats in their property portfolio, it's the spotlight it has cast on this inhumane type of dwelling for the city's poor.

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 10:54am

Don't forget real victims of flats scandal

The news media has a field day exposing the scandal over subdivided flats involving the family of development chief Paul Chan Mo-po. The government has gone into damage-control mode. Chan and his wife are busy trying to salvage his political career.

4 Sep 2012 - 10:55am

Elite schools perpetuate inequalities

It was the annual tears of joy and bitter disappointment for tens of thousands of children and their parents earlier this month when they were told whether they had been accepted into their secondary schools of choice.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

At last, a leader who minds the gap

Much of our social resentment can be traced to our wealth disparities. The past go-go decade has been grand for our super-rich, but awful for the poor and middle class. We don't want the rich to get poorer. But we need to make the poor less poor and the middle class richer. This will make a fairer society with less acrimony.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong blind to China's renaissance

We don't like mainland Chinese. It's now very clear. By 'we' I mean Hong Kong Chinese, who are predominantly Cantonese speakers. We don't like our state leaders, who interfere in our affairs and undermine our core values like the rule of law, civil liberties and the aspiration for full democracy.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Muddled US policy helps rivals' success

A new study by an advocacy group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg finds, astonishingly, that foreign-born researchers were behind more than three out of four patents obtained by top US research universities last year.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Deluded alpha males set bad example

Children and housework. Call me naive but I have come to the conclusion they are the key factors that keep women down and explain why men still make the most money and get most of the best jobs in the world. At least that is true, I think, in the developed world, where you have adequate laws to protect the physical safety of women.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Give homebuyers the space they deserve

It's gratifying that Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wants the next government to toughen further so-called green-feature concessions for developers. But why keep those concessions in the first place? They have proved in the past decade to be the biggest gaping loophole for developers to rip off flat buyers.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Donald Tsang will leave soon enough

Calls on Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to resign are irresponsible and laughable - his term has less than four weeks to go. Heavyweight unionist leader Chan Yuen-han is the latest to make the call. Chan, the honorary president of the leftist Federation of Trade Unions, is reportedly planning to run for one of the new 'super seats' in the legislative election in September.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Putting tycoons in their proper place

Our 'hegemonic' tycoons must be nervously fingering their foreign passports. An ill wind has been blowing their way ever since Leung Chun-ying, running on a populist platform, was elected in March as the next chief executive.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Kindness goes viral on our mean streets

It's not just silly videos and ads that can go viral. One man's outrage at our government's ineptitude and inhumanity has inadvertently started a community-building movement. Spread by viral messages via social media, a movement has emerged not only to help the poor but to regain a sense of neighbourliness in poor districts such as Sham Shui Po.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong war waged against publishers

Michael Suen Ming-yeung's tenure as secretary for education has been lacklustre. But he must have thought his declaration of war last year on textbook publishers would earn kudos from parents and critics. It looked that way for a while until the publishers thumbed their noses at him.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Freedom needs the education it deserves

Who can benefit most from a liberal education? Mark Edmundson, a distinguished American literary theorist, asks this question in an opinion piece in The New York Times this week.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk seeks to hold the law in contempt

You give them an inch, they want a foot. The government has given New Territories villagers an extra half floor as a concession, but the villagers want to keep as many illegally built floors as they please on their multi-storey houses, not just a half-floor enclosure. Nothing less. This is what the Heung Yee Kuk, the largest rural representative body, means by 'negotiating'.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Government must end small house policy

When it comes to the small house policy, New Territories villagers and their representative body, the Heung Yee Kuk, cannot be reasoned with. Excessive indulgence and tolerance by successive administrations from the colonial era to the current government have made it all but impossible for officials to negotiate with the kuk.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am