Housing policies

Urgent need to restart Hong Kong land auctions

Government should restart land auction to break the stranglehold a few developers now have over the residential market. Photo: Dickson Lee

The one glaring omission from the policy address with regard to an increase in land supply and subsequent increase in flat supply was an unequivocal statement to immediately restart government land auctions.

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 4:07am

Hang Lung Properties boss defends Leung's housing policies

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at the annual lunch held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The chairman of Hang Lung Properties came to the defence of his ally Leung Chun-ying's housing policies yesterday, calling on the public to show patience.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

Chief executive falls short on vision

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

It seems to me that our chief executive has a hard time understanding the concept of a vision. I think of it as the guiding principle for a society's collective goals and actions.

18 Jan 2013 - 1:50am

Leung's policy address hits the mark, but the big challenge lies ahead

Leung's policy address hits the mark, but the big challenge lies ahead

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's first policy address was a crucial moment for his administration, which didn't have the benefit of a "honeymoon" period as a result of the scandals that have plagued its first six months. Leung certainly hopes that this will convince the community to give him a chance to do a good job.

18 Jan 2013 - 3:25am

Leung's uninspired policy address should disappoint his supporters

Lawmakers Leung Kwok-hung, Emily Lau Wai-hing and other Pan-democratic lawmakers put forward a motion to impeach Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying survived the bid at the Legislative Council last week to impeach him, but the attempt was a historic first. The 27 pan-democratic lawmakers who supported the bid will be fondly remembered for trying to make a difference.

Of course, we did not have an option to impeach the governors under British colonial rule.

18 Jan 2013 - 1:50am 1 comment

Leung's blueprint just first step in solving problems

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attends a press conference at government headquarters after he delivered his policy address on January 16, 2013. Photo: SCMP

If the policy address was the occasion for Leung Chun-ying to articulate what he wants to achieve for the community, yesterday's speech appears to have served the purpose. While it was short of immediate measures to relieve the pain in some sectors, it was, nonetheless, focused, comprehensive and pragmatic.

17 Jan 2013 - 1:08pm 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 31, 2012

More to be done to tackle Hong Kong's housing problem. Photo: Bloomberg

Flats initiative a short-term measure

I was delighted by the government's announcement on Monday, December 24, that it planned to boost land supply [in the coming quarter] for the construction of 3,000 new apartments.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 3 comments

Risk of property price bubble justifies new stamp duty

Our government should be given credit for recognising the dangers of Hong Kong's property price bubble and doing something about it.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

What the local media says

Burial spaces are running out

Sunday, Apple Daily

Beijing inspector collects views on CY Leung from business sector

3 Nov 2012 - 3:33am

Leung Chun-ying can still be a great leader

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will serve Hong Kong better if he has the ambition to match. Photo: David Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would not seem to have much in common with US President Barack Obama beyond opinion polls that show as many people like him as loathe him. Their backgrounds, political style and character are markedly different. But they both took office promising big changes.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:03am

Letters to the Editor, October 29, 2012

The banyan tree that fell in Tai Po. Photo: Edmond So

PLA can give up some sites for housing

Your Focus article ("The tide turns for Xi", October 24) presented an interesting background sketch of our leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping . Of particular note, was his Fujian campaign slogan of "returning green mountains and rivers to our people".

29 Oct 2012 - 1:49am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, October 27, 2012

President Ma Ying-jeou is on the right track. Photo: Reuters

More housing at Kai Tak site acceptable

In his speech to the Legislative Council on October 17, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying identified building more public housing as one of Hong Kong's most urgent issues.

27 Oct 2012 - 1:22am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, October 17, 2012

Melting Arctic ice will affect the whole planet. Photo: AP

Short-term policies bring limited success

There seems to be no end in sight to the rise in property prices in Hong Kong.

Even a 500 sq ft flat somewhere like Kwun Tong is beyond the budget of many Hong Kong citizens.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:14am 4 comments

Netizens discover link between housing prices and divorce rates

People view a model of a property development being sold at the Beijing Property and Investment Show on September 20, 2012. Photo: AFP

Property prices may be the new mistress in China's failed marriages

25 Sep 2012 - 9:34am

Letters to the Editor, September 17, 2012

Chinese University students' boycott. Photo: SCMP

New subject wrong and harmful

Alex Lo, in his column ("The echo chamber that is public opinion", September 12), places himself on an intellectual high ground.

He's saying that when enough people think alike, these people don't think, implying he is the rare critical thinker.

Is it too difficult to think through what national education is about?

17 Sep 2012 - 1:29am 2 comments