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Expats in Hong Kong say property measures discriminate against them

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.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 3:23am

Canada and Hong Kong end expats' double tax whammy

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?

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

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

New property tax a blow to the Hong Kong dream

We all know about the American dream. But let me tell you about a Hong Kong dream.

I have a friend. Let's just call him J.

5 Nov 2012 - 8:03am 10 comments

Want a big expat package? Then head for where the living isn't so easy

Foreign professionals in Hong Kong seem to have it all - a city boasting great transport links, a standard of living that is easy to adjust to, and the fourth-highest expatriate remuneration packages in Asia.

But throw in employee benefits for living expenses such as education and rent, and developing nations could well turn out to be more lucrative.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

A competitive city or an easy touch?

Is Hong Kong's competitiveness really being eroded by the lack of international school places? This is the rallying cry that the international business chambers periodically sound when they demand more schools and places.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 4 comments

Stamp duty hits middle-income group

I moved to Hong Kong in 2009 as a graduate civil engineer, and since then I have been working on a number of government and MTR construction projects with a major Hong Kong contractor.

I married my Japanese fiancée, and last year she gave birth to our first child.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am 2 comments

Time to ditch elitist expat class system

Hong Kong does not need more international schools. It needs local schools that are capable of educating expatriate students at an affordable price. That is the way it is done in almost all international cities in the Western world.

2 Nov 2012 - 7:36am 19 comments