A house is not a home until it becomes affordable

A house is not a home until it becomes affordable

Property prices are one of the hottest topics in Hong Kong these days. Everyone seems to have a strong opinion, although many have lost sight of the real issue.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 9:02am 3 comments

Mainlander jailed for 10 years for laundering HK$13 billion in Hong Kong

Harry's view

A young mainlander was yesterday jailed for 10-1/2 years for laundering a record HK$13.1 billion over just eight months.

Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping said Luo Juncheng's crime was the most serious of its kind to have come before the courts and she could not find a case involving anywhere near such a large amount.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:34am 1 comment

Veterans who fled mainland for Hong Kong in 1970s tell their stories

Some illegal immigrants were allowed to stay if they made it to Hong Kong but others were returned, distraught, across the border. Photos: SMP, Illustration: Brian Wang

Mok was just 26 when, despondent and demoralised, he decided he had no future on the mainland and would try to flee to Hong Kong.

7 Jan 2013 - 11:31am 7 comments

Number of quality migrant applicants rises 10pc in Hong Kong

Student Katy Tam (left) and Qi Jia, a former national figure skater who moved here as a quality migrant in October. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong has seen an increase of nearly 10 per cent in the number of well-qualified people who want to live here, says the Immigration Department. Most of those approved were from the mainland.

In the first 11 months of the year, 1,834 people applied for admission under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme - 9.5 per cent more than in the whole of last year - the department said.

27 Dec 2012 - 8:39am 9 comments

Chinese workers in Singapore crane protest

One of the two Chinese construction workers continues his protest on top of a crane. Photo: EPA

Two crane operators staged a high-rise protest at a construction site in Singapore yesterday, its second industrial incident involving mainland Chinese workers in less than two weeks.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:03am

Our children need a basic knowledge of their country

During the consultation on moral and national education last year, a document on the new curriculum quoted ancient Chinese writer Mengzi, or Mencius: 'The empire has its basis in the state, the state in the family, and the family in one's own self.' I think we all agree that children should learn about their roles as family members and citizens, and how society organises itself.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Mainland mothers jailed for subterfuge

Two mainland mothers were jailed for five months after one of them held the other's newborn baby to cover up her seven-month pregnancy to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

As clubs close, the lights are fading on a racy tradition

Deng Xiaoping famously promised Hongkongers that 'the dancing and horse racing will continue', as he sought to assure the city that its lifestyle would stay unchanged after the 1997 handover.

But while the going remains good for the racing industry, the local nightclub scene is fast disappearing.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Mainland Chinese parents dumping disabled, sick children in HK, charity claims

Mainlanders are using Hong Kong as a place to abandon mentally handicapped and chronically ill children born in the city, a welfare group says.

Charity St James' Settlement says at least two such mentally disabled children in its care have been abandoned.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:58am

Father of baby born at border is jailed

A baby was born while his mainland parents were being interrogated at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, a court was told yesterday.

But while the child will get the Hong Kong identity card his parents craved, his father will spend a year in prison after admitting attempting to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Lesson in bias

The compulsory national education curriculum has been the subject of much dissent in recent weeks. It is important to understand the issue within the broader context of political autonomy and nationhood.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Heard at the book fair, the sound of free speech

Some say achieving the great reconciliation between Hong Kong and mainland politics is easier said than done. But, at the Hong Kong Book Fair, it has already happened.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Stifling protest invites trouble

There are no shades of grey about freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Anyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, has the right to have their voice heard. Mainlanders, denied that ability, naturally see our city as a place where grievances can be openly aired.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Marketing scheme cause for concern

It is ironic that promoters of a marketing scheme banned on the mainland can get around the law by drawing tens of thousands of people to visit Hong Kong to sign up for it. To reassure them about the legality of this, a senior instructor tells them that the Hong Kong police even send officers to help maintain order when there are long queues of new applicants outside sales centres.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We must stop feeding mainland cringe

A family friend came to visit us recently in distress. She says their 11-year-old daughter has declared many times that she is ashamed of her and her husband.

Originally from the mainland, the couple have lived here for more than a decade. The daughter was born in Hong Kong. Now she has declared she is not a mainlander but a 'pure' Hongkonger.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am