New Kowloon

Triad gang's message service at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre exposed

Lai Chi Kok reception centre

A police officer went undercover as a prisoner to help bust a triad gang that sent in members posing as visitors to deliver messages and goods to inmates at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 2:46am

Boy at public housing school joins elite group of top-scoring pupils

Chan Sze-hoi

Chan Sze-hoi believes Hong Kong is a place where hard work pays off whatever your background - and he should know, having joined the ranks of top scorers in the Diploma for Secondary Education examinations.

21 Aug 2012 - 3:08am

Society has a role to play in resolving HK's housing crisis

Joanna Chiu's tiny Sham Shui Po room. Photo: David Wong

Yesterday's Sunday Morning Post published my article about living in a subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po for a week.

Even before I moved in, I knew that the point of the experience would be to understand just how different it is to live there for a short period than to stay trapped in such conditions for years.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am

Living in a squalid subdivided flat is a miserable experience for SCMP reporter

Joanna Chiu sits on the bed in her tiny room, her clothes and mattress soaked and the room musty after her air conditioner leaked overnight. Below, the stairway of the building in Sham Shui Po.Photos: David Wong

"Do you have anything cheaper in Sham Shui Po?" The landlord is showing me a subdivided unit in Prince Edward, with its own window and bathroom. At HK$3,200 a month, though, it's too expensive for many low-income renters.

"I do," he says. "But you wouldn't be able to live in a place like that."

19 Aug 2012 - 10:29am

Infighting could dash hopes of pro-government parties in HK legco election

In past Legislative Council elections, the rivalry within the pro-establishment camp rarely rose to the surface. This carefully orchestrated and party-whipped harmonious veneer is close to cracking open this year - a breakdown best illustrated in Kowloon East, where Beijing-loyalist candidates face a fiery battle for the constituency's fifth seat - added under electoral reforms in 2010.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

Leung's allies show dissent at rallies

In what looked like a case of 'if you can't beat them, join them', protesters from pro-establishment factions were seen among the rowdy crowds outside two town hall meetings yesterday, in a sign of discord in the coalition ahead of Legco elections.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legco report faults lands staff

'Serious dissatisfaction and disappointment' over her previous bureau's performance has followed Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor into her new role as chief secretary.

The criticism was levelled by a Legislative Council committee yesterday over the persistent failure by the Development Bureau to protect government land from illegal use.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:29pm

Free fans help needy elderly cope with heat

When the mercury rises, most Hongkongers simply turn on an air conditioner. For many elderly people living in windowless cubicles, however, it's a luxury merely to have an electric fan to relieve summer's heat.

Sam Chow, 67, endures the heat without air conditioning in his 50 sq ft subdivided flat in Hoi Tan Street, Sham Shui Po.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New project launches hit secondary market

Launches of residential projects have further reduced demand in Hong Kong's subdued secondary market, where sales have now fallen for five consecutive weeks to a 19-week low.

Only 139 sales were recorded on the 50 biggest private housing estates monitored by Ricacorp Properties in the week ended June 10, down 10 per cent from 154 the previous week.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury flat sales poorest this year

Luxury home sales over the weekend saw their worst performance this year, with developers managing to sell just 20 per cent of 285 flats on offer at two high-end projects - The Riverpark and Providence Peak - as fewer mainland buyers and a rising credit crunch across the border begin to bite.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Flat defaults point to mainland malaise

Mainlanders' love affair with Hong Kong property is cooling, with some either defaulting on home purchases or being forced to sell at a loss as mainland credit tightening and growing bearishness about the sector start to bite.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wave of new homes may boost sentiment

The launch of flat sales at several new developments in the coming months may help restore confidence in the property market at a time when secondary-market sales are weak, property analysts say.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tears, smiles as school allocations revealed

There was joy for some and tears for others yesterday as parents learned whether their children had won places in the primary schools of their choice for the coming academic year.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Demand healthy for new subsidised Sham Shui Po flats

The Housing Society's private residential project Heya Green has been swamped with more than 1,000 applications since it started accepting them four days ago - three times the number of flats available in the Sham Shui Po project.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Heya Green flats debut on market

The Housing Society is set to sell the first batch of flats at its new private residential project Heya Green in Sham Shui Po for between HK$4 million and nearly HK$7 million, but only to locals.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am