Expats rally in Hong Kong in solidarity for Turkish protests

Expats fly the Turkish flag on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. About 50 protesters met near the clock tower yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

As civil unrest continues to grip main cities in Turkey, members of Hong Kong's Turkish expatriate community gathered along the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront yesterday to show solidarity for their compatriots.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:27am

Time to remind the world our doors are open to all

Hong Kong must make it easier for skilled professionals of all races to settle here. Photo: Thomas Yau

Last week, Max Fisher of The Washington Post produced an article on the world's most and least racially tolerant places. It claimed Hong Kong was ranked as one of the world's most intolerant, with 71.8 per cent of respondents saying they would not want someone of another race as a neighbour.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

Q & A with our experts, April 17, 2013

Ocean Shore in Tseung Kwan O, where the market is growing.

Q: I'm an expatriate from Europe. I plan to buy a flat in the Hong Kong Parkview estate for my own use. It will cost about HK$19 million. How much stamp duty do I need to pay and are there any other new rules I should be aware of?

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

Swiss man 'tricked' into sex with under-age Singaporean prostitute

Swiss expatriate Juerg Buergin. Photo: AFP

Juerg Buergin, 41, is contesting charges filed against him and 50 other local and foreign men accused of paying for sex with the 17-year-old call girl in 2010 and 2011, a case involving prominent figures that caused a scandal in Singapore.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:27am

Expats dazed and confused by stamp duty

Some non-permanent residents are rethinking their plans to buy because of the stamp duty. Photo: SCMP

New stamp duties rolled out over the last few months to try and cool the property market have been a big blow for expatriates in Hong Kong - and a matter of some confusion.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

'Educational apartheid' hitting expats

English Schools Foundation is criticised for promoting educational segregation. Photo: Edmond So

I agree with Mr Lam's argument about segregation in Hong Kong's education system, and would even go so far as saying that this city is currently plagued by an "educational apartheid".

5 Mar 2013 - 10:57am 26 comments

DSS holds key to English study places

Diocesan Boys' School, like many other DSS schools, offers an international/non-local curriculum. Photo: Nora Tam

While expatriate families are requesting the government provides more international school places for their children (who do not speak Chinese and therefore cannot attend local schools), many local schools actually have high potential to meet the demand.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 3 comments

Move on 'foreign investors' tax breaks is shutting a Hong Kong loophole

Foreign-invested enterprises' share of mainland's exports (left) and Hong Kong FDI inflows and outflows

Let's start by putting this hit-the-foreigners element of Beijing's latest tax initiative into perspective. The share of foreign-invested enterprises in the mainland's exports rose from less than 30 per cent 20 years ago to almost 60 per cent in 2006 and has now declined again to about 50 per cent.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 2 comments

Range of exemptions from investment taxes to end for expats in mainland

China is abolishing tax exemptions for foreign investors. Photo: SCMP

The State Council unveiled sweeping tax reform plans on Tuesday under which three ministries, including the National Development and Reform Commission, proposed 35 measures to make the wealthy pay more and to narrow the income gap between the urban rich and the rural poor.

8 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Globetrotter bridges the gaps

Illustration: Martin Megino

For many women determined to power through the glass ceiling on the way to the top of the corporate world, juggling a family can be a dealbreaker.

Maaike Steinebach, a 41-year-old mother of three who is chief executive of Dutch lender ABN Amro Hong Kong, is one woman who appears to have it figured out.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Expats in Hong Kong say property measures discriminate against them

Chris Lane and his wife Karen are frustrated by new rules.

Disgruntled expatriates living and working in Hong Kong believe they have become collateral victims of government measures aimed at curbing demand for property from mainland buyers.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Canada and Hong Kong end expats' double tax whammy

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Hong Kong and Canada have signed a treaty to avoid double taxation and increase trade between the two economies.

Currently, income earned by Canadians in Hong Kong who are still deemed residents of Canada is taxable both here and at home.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:27am

Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain for the public purse?

Harrow School was given an interest-free loan. Photo: Nora Tam

There's been far too much harmony in these pages lately. Jake van der Kamp and Monitor have agreed about almost everything recently, including what a lousy idea the government's new property taxes are.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:15am 6 comments

Last of overseas police officers heading to retirement

Dozens of overseas police officers who became part of the thin blue line in Hong Kong during the 1970s and 1980s are fast approaching the mandatory retirement age of 55, making a sharp dent in this group, which numbered close to 800 at its peak.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 1 comment

ESF sense of entitlement an antiquated school of thought

Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Chairman of English Schools Foundation.

The ESF was established to provide an affordable international education for students whose home country was not necessarily Asia and whose mother tongue was not Cantonese. By freezing the subvention the government has forced the ESF to increase fees to a point where it is now a struggle for ordinary expat families to educate their children here.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am 12 comments