Encouraged by right vibes on abode

Albert Lim, 27, moved to Canada with his family when he was five. He was reared, educated and worked in Alberta until three years ago when he returned to Hong Kong to join a financial company.

Mr Lim found not only his job but also his wife here. He married a Japanese girl early this year and they plan to stay after the handover. His parents, brother and sister are living in Canada.

What's on your mind? I'm glad to learn about Beijing's announcement that emigrants who opt for foreign nationality would be able to retain their permanent residency after July 1.

My wife and I plan to stay here. Hong Kong is a good place to work. I have better career chances than in Canada. I can do the job I like. But there has been uncertainty whether emigrants with foreign nationality have right of abode.

Now we are allowed to return within 18 months after July 1. The period may not be long enough for some emigrants who have to settle their business overseas, but it's better than nothing.

Would you still choose to emigrate to Canada if you had the choice now? There are pros and cons. I enjoy the lifestyle in Canada where the environment is more relaxing. But Hong Kong has better economic development and more working opportunities.

I believe this is not only my dilemma, but the dilemma for many Hongkongers who plan to emigrate.

How long are you planning to stay here? I would like to stay as long as the Chinese Government keeps its promise and gives Hong Kong a free hand to run itself.

I don't care much about political issues. I want a stable environment where I can develop my career and live with my wife. But I have heard about corruption in China and I hope the 'disease' will not spread here.

How do you view the future following the right of abode announcement? Very bright, as bright as my future! This will help boost the confidence of emigrants.