Social Issues

Child sex attacks and treatment of elderly shame China

Photo: AP

China has long prided itself on showing respect for the old and caring for the young. But news of a spate of child molestation cases and a landmark report revealing the problems of the growing elderly population should make mainlanders feel truly ashamed and prompt deep soul-searching.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 10:04am

Young should take real risks before fighting for democracy

We have come to rely too much on the government and expect it to fix every problem, such as too expensive flats, for us. Photo: Bloomberg

You know why we are always rounding on our government? It's not just because it's undemocratic. Are we unfree and oppressed? Actually, we are freer and richer than most full democracies. What we don't admit is that we have come to rely too much on the government and expect it to fix every problem for us, right now!

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 41 comments

CY Leung urges Hongkongers to unite to solve city's social woes

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hongkongers should unite in "the spirit of one for all, all for one" to solve the social woes facing the city, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, recalling the selflessness the city displayed during the Sars outbreak in 2003.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am 1 comment

Help Hong Kong's hidden youths come out of their shell

Help Hong Kong's hidden youths come out of their shell

The recent murder cases involving Hong Kong youths have undoubtedly left people shaken and caused many to question just what has gone wrong with our society. Discussions have primarily been about the "hidden youths" in Hong Kong. Typically, they have poor social skills but are very active in the cyber world. Although the murder cases are certainly extreme, the underlying issues must be taken seriously.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 4 comments

Darker dangers ignored in Hong Kong's youth drug abuse figures

Darker dangers ignored in Hong Kong's youth drug abuse figures

Last week, Narcotics Commissioner Erika Hui Lam Yin-ming relayed the results from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse survey of local and international school students. Rather predictably, the number of reported and new drug users aged under 21 last year dropped by 20 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively, in comparison to 2011.

28 Mar 2013 - 8:49am

Elderly need more protection

Elder Ring, a hotline service operated by the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association for elderly people on public assistance. Photo: Edmond So

Like financial hardship, abuse of the elderly is a serious problem that needs to be tackled.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Spate of murder cases shocks Hong Kong: 'What has the world come to?'

Police escort a murder suspect on Saturday in the case of a dismembered elderly couple in Tai Kok Tsui. Photo: Felix Wong

Three grisly murder cases in as many days have sent chills through the city, which has one of the lowest rates of homicide in the world - which last year saw just 27 murder investigations.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:57pm

Migrant workers feel like outsiders in mainland cities, says survey

Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel like outsiders. Photo: Xinhua

Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel like outsiders and say their only sense of happiness comes from their families, a Renmin University survey has found.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

Wealth tax idea worthy of debate

A higher tax on our top tier of wealth or income can help bridge inequality. Photo: Bloomberg

A higher tax on the owners of Singapore's most expensive homes - the top 1 per cent - resonates here because it is aimed at closing a widening income gap, a problem we share. But it has prompted property and tax experts to say it would not work in Hong Kong because our residential property market is different. 

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 2 comments

Social etiquette a global problem

Social etiquette in public, not only in Hong Kong, but worldwide, leaves something to be desired. Photo: SMP

In recent years, the negativity between Hong Kong locals and mainlanders has been disheartening. The most discussed issue is the distasteful and unpleasant behaviour of mainlanders when travelling to Hong Kong.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Hong Kong can lead East Asia in meeting ageing population challenge

Hong Kong should make a serious attempt to address the problem of ultra-low birth rates and rapidly ageing population. Photo: Sam Tsang

It is investment in human capital and systems, as well as in advanced machinery and processes, that has enabled Hong Kong to stay ahead. But it now seems in danger of failing to lead the mainland.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 4 comments

Falling crime rate a Hong Kong success to celebrate

Although Hong Kong is not totally free of violent crime, it is a remarkably safe place to live in.

Although Hong Kong is not totally free of violent crime, it is a remarkably safe place to live in. Comparable communities in developed Asia, like Japan, Korea and Singapore, also have markedly lower crime rates than most Western societies.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Young boys found dead in Guizhou shack

The latest tragedy has echoes of a similar case in the same area where five young boys died in a dumpster. Photo: Li Yuanlong/AP

Five young boys in China’s southwestern Guizhou province died of suffocation on Monday in a deserted shack, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:09pm

Leung Chun-ying urged to act on 'nomadic' children

Sze Lai-shan, an organiser with the Society for Community Organisation. Photo: May Tse

A tiresome shuffle back and forth across the border is disrupting the lives and education of an estimated 7,000 Hong Kong children, activists and families said yesterday, calling for government action.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:49am 1 comment

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong's grand ambition: a call for grown-up policymaking

Lam Woon-kwong says the current administration can make significant progress in social problems, but it needs the co-operation of lawmakers who are willing to put aside obstructionist tactics. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Seven months on from his appointment as convenor of the Executive Council, Lam Woon-kwong remains confident Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying can pave the way for a more prosperous Hong Kong. But it's the politicians, rather than Leung, who must make changes, Lam says - they need to be rational in their criticism and the civil service handed a clear, feasible agenda.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:42am 1 comment

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