The government's proposed Old Age Living Allowance has still not been approved because some lawmakers on the finance committee demand the scrapping of a means test.Friday, 7 December, 2012, 4:26am
Lawmakers used delaying tactics for more than five hours yesterday to block approval of the government's proposed old-age living allowance.
"Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, of the League of Social Democrats, and the Labour Party's Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung conducted the filibuster in the meeting of Legco's finance committee while protesters demonstrated outside.17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum were hoping for quick passage of the proposed new allowance for elderly people, as they got ready to begin a six-hour meeting on the issue on Friday afternoon.
The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee will hold the lengthy session to resume scrutiny of the government’s funding application for the monthly HK$2,200 allowance.16 Nov 2012 - 2:36pm
All African elephants under threat
I refer to the letter from Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ("Differentiating legal and illegal trade", November 3).
Once again, your correspondent's approach is inaccurate. While in his letters he often struggles to explain that the shark fin trade remains sustainable, he is mistaken when he writes about elephants.15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am
About 400,000 of the city's poorest elderly face missing out for a month on a new special old-age allowance of HK$2,200 because the government and lawmakers have failed to narrow differences that stand in the way of funding approval. The elderly will have to make do for another month with the existing HK$1,090 a month allowance, eking out the necessities of life lest they run out of money.1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am
Why, I ask, are we trying to hold off giving money - albeit a small amount and not nearly enough - to the elderly poor? The government's proposed Old Age Living Allowance that would give HK$2,200 a month to the elderly poor isn't perfect. Nothing in life is. And if we lived in an ideal world, there'd be no such word as "poverty".29 Oct 2012 - 12:53am 1 comment
Ideas on allowances and pensions for the elderly have been tossed around and taken apart by politicians and academics.
But for Chiu See-poon, a former sailor who worked for 54 years before retiring at 74, it is really all about helping the elderly live a decent, dignified life.28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am
Legco's vote on the HK$2,200 old age allowance is due to be deferred by the government after pan-democrats threatened to force an adjournment.26 Oct 2012 - 4:14am
Loss of panel positions bad for democracy
Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong should be making gradual and orderly progress towards democracy.25 Oct 2012 - 2:39am 2 comments
Means test is part of prudent budget policies
I share Bess Tsang's view that the means test for the proposed HK$2,200-a-month old age subsidy should not be abolished ("Why means test must not be scrapped", October 22).
Statistics show that there is great financial inequality in Hong Kong.24 Oct 2012 - 2:19am 4 comments