Hong Kong Residents

Flats for Hongkongers scheme a failure

Only two sites – both in Kai Tak – were sold under the scheme. They will provide only about 1,145 flats. Photo: Sam Tsang

When the Hong Kong government said last week there was no urgency to continue the “Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people” scheme, it was tantamount to saying the initiative – introduced in 2012 to reserve selected new homes for the city’s residents – was a failure.

Monday, 7 April, 2014, 11:29am

Winners and losers over welfare rules

A welfare policy that restricts payments to people who have lived in Hong Kong for seven years does not violate the Basic Law or the Bill of Rights, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Voters who cannot read Chinese are left in the dark about candidates

Next month's 2011 district council elections are drawing closer.

Promotional material has sprung up in almost every corner of the city or has been distributed, with pictures of smiling candidates, their names and a few of their ideas for the community they seek to serve.

There is also the occasional catchy campaign motto.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Getting all tangled up in legal knots

The initial euphoria over the unprecedented handout of HK$6,000 to each permanent resident in the financial secretary's revised budget has subsided. Now questions about the differential treatment of permanent and non-permanent residents - unconditional payouts in the case of the former but means-testing in the case of the latter - are coming home to roost.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Helping the Philippines rebuild confidence

The power of electronic media lies in its ability to imprint vivid images into people's memories and evoke strong emotions. Few will forget the twin towers collapsing, the destruction wreaked by the South Asian and Japanese tsunamis, and the tragic attempts of the Philippine police force to enter the bus full of Hong Kong hostages.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Electronic alert system on way for travellers

Heading for a potential trouble spot overseas? Don't worry - government help will soon be at hand for Hongkongers. Residents will be able to receive the latest travel alerts by e-mail or mobile phone text message by the end of the year.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong may raise Bangkok travel alert to most severe level

Hong Kong yesterday said it would consider raising its travel warning to Bangkok to the most severe level - black - if the situation in the Thai capital continued to deteriorate.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Destitute pair seek review of welfare payment policy

Women say residency rule denies them basic rights

A pair of homeless women are fighting to overturn a policy that denies social assistance to people who have not been Hong Kong residents for at least seven years.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Abode seekers to highlight plight in song

A group of abode seekers, their parents and supporters are planning to hold a singalong tonight as a show of solidarity and to raise funds for a 'right of abode university'.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Keep it simple, says civil service union of new Basic Law entry test

Questions asked in the newly introduced Basic Law test for civil service applicants should remain easy and simple, a civil service union says.

Federation of Civil Service Unions president Leung Chau-ting said the test should not be too difficult because that could hamper the government's recruitment of professionals.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Retail door open for HK permanent residents

Hong Kong permanent residents can open retail shops anywhere in the mainland, under the latest Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa) accord signed in Beijing yesterday.

28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Priest starts hunger strike for right-of-abode seekers

A Catholic priest is staging a hunger strike to mark the fifth anniversary of the interpretation of the Basic Law by the nation's highest legislature.

The interpretation denied right of abode for thousands of mainland-born children of Hong Kong residents and marked the first such intervention by Beijing.

26 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

What's On


To vote for your favourite Hong Kong bird, simply click on bird.csis.hku.hk/vote or obtain a ballot form and information from post offices or country-park visitor centres.

24 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Citizens only

I refer to the letter headlined 'Race-free polls' (November 19).

While I agree with the correspondent, Paul Mounsey, that voting rights should not be linked with race, I disagree that foreign permanent residents should have the right to vote.

23 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

kevin sinclair's hong kong

Officials are processing 161,000 voter application forms in the historic two-head polls for village representatives.

It took three years of patient cajoling and not-so-subtle persuasion to soothe the outrage of traditional rural leaders and get them to accept, with extreme reluctance, the notion of having two elected representatives.

2 Apr 2003 - 12:00am