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Small-house policy

Small-house policy is flawed

The small-house policy is now becoming more like a tool for developers to grab land and build houses for sale rather than a policy for villagers to build their own houses.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 1:58am 1 comment

Complexities of small-house issue are no excuse for government to back off

What does the word "temporary" mean to you? In the case of the small-house policy, it means 40 years and more. It was first introduced in Hong Kong as a temporary measure to address housing needs of indigenous villagers in the New Territories. Today, it has been criticised as unsustainable and outdated.

7 May 2013 - 2:23am

Small-house moves worthy of Machiavelli

Perhaps town and country just don't get along. This may be why urbanites like yours truly are always picking on the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural body that represents indigenous villagers in the New Territories.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 6 comments

CY lacks stomach to fight the kuk

There was tough talk about ending the small-house policy in the New Territories when Leung Chun-ying was running for chief executive. Now, you wonder if the government hasn't given in. Leung still says it can't go on forever but does not point to a way out. The latest from development chief Paul Chan Mo-po is that it's "a complex issue that needs to be reviewed".

23 Jan 2013 - 1:51am 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 9, 2013

C.Y. Leung's policies will be good for city

I agree with the views expressed by Carwyn Lee Kai-chun ("Protesters have been unreasonable", January 7).

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am 2 comments

End small-house policy, Civic Party says

Ending the small-house policy for indigenous villagers in the New Territories would boost land supply and ease the city's housing shortage, the Civic Party says.

And the land shortage should not be used as "an excuse" by the government for not relieving the housing situation, party executive committee member Bonnie Leung Wing-man said yesterday at the weekly City Forum.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am