Forget handouts, Macau needs social spending and diversification

A quarter of Macau's population works in the gaming and hotel industry, which accounts for more than half of GDP. Photo: SCMP

Macau's residents have become used to the government's giveaways that line their pockets with cash and reduce taxes.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 2:55am 2 comments

Handout era

A conversation with a young man while on my way to the MTR on Friday was troubling in every way. On finding out that I was a journalist, the man, in his late 20s, let loose his frustrations about the government. It was not his sentiments that I found disturbing. I agreed with much of what he said. It was his sense of entitlement.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Urgent need for officials to help elderly who endure awful conditions

I refer to Lisa Wong's letter ('World-class city should not allow its elderly to languish in helpless indignity', March 3).

It is not breaking news to anyone in this city that Hong Kong has long neglected its duty to provide a dignified retirement for its senior citizens, especially those with a lower income.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

27pc have not claimed HK$6,000

More than a quarter of those eligible for the government's HK$6,000 cash handout have yet to register.

About 6.19 million adults with permanent ID cards are eligible for the controversial giveaway announced by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in last year's budget after a U-turn on injecting cash into Mandatory Provident Fund accounts.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A safety net ripped apart

The issues

Getting the budget wrong

The government has been wrong about its budget forecast - twice. When it thinks it has a budget deficit, there is instead a surplus. Critics say the underestimation is troubling.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

70pc grab HK$6,000 handout and forgo bonus

More than two-thirds of people eligible for the government's HK$6,000 cash handout have opted to take the money now rather than wait and collect a HK$200 bonus. But this is less than the expected number, leaving the Treasury with a surplus in its coffers for the year.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK$6,000 proposal to go to Legco

A proposal to distribute government handouts of HK$6,000 is to be submitted to the Legislative Council next month.

If it is approved, eligible residents can begin registering in the third quarter.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Prisoners in line for HK$6,000 handout

First they won the right to vote, now Hong Kong's prisoners look set to receive the HK$6,000 cash handout promised by the government.

But they won't be getting the money until those in more need are taken care of first, said a source familiar with the government's plans.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

We'll finish the job, Tang says, as administration enters final term

As Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration moves into its final term, his second-in-command has insisted it will not become a 'caretaker' government.

As the Legislative Council resumed its debate on the budget yesterday, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen dismissed criticism that the government lacked long-term policy commitment.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Still waiting for budget U-turn explanation

Every year, there is a two-month delay between the delivery of the budget and the passing of the Appropriation Bill, during which lawmakers and other interested parties can go through the voluminous folders of calculations, estimates and economic analyses that make up the foundations of a budget.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Use today's public wealth for a better tomorrow

While Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is in Beijing for the National People's Congress, officials are contemplating how to restore the government's credibility after its humiliating U-turn on the budget. But first they must explain how they will distribute a HK$36 billion handout that was supposed to be impossible.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Going the distance for a loaf

We may be among the wealthiest people in the world, according to a recent UN global wealth distribution report, but you might have got a different impression if you were in Causeway Bay this week and spotted several long breadlines outside Times Square and on Leighton Road.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Use visual aids, handouts and Power Point effectively

When giving a talk or presentation you may want to consider using some kind of visual reinforcement such as OHTs (overhead transparencies), video presentations, LCD projector, Power Point and handouts to help you consolidate everything you are attempting to deliver.

What is a visual aid?

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Guidelines in works for annual rice giveaway

But organisers say it is unfair to link elderly woman's death to handout

Officials are drafting safety guidelines for organisers of annual rice handouts during the Hungry Ghost Festival but would not say whether these would be made compulsory.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Tradition of tragedy

Alarmed home affairs officials were scratching their heads about what to do when an elderly woman died after queuing at a rice handout during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am