Joyce Ng

Hong Kong

Joyce Ng

Senior reporter, Hong Kong

Joyce Ng covers Hong Kong’s politics and housing issues. She joined the Post in 2008 to focus on urban planning, housing and heritage news, and has won awards for reporting on developers’ tricks in flat sales.

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Hong Kong lawmakers demand government shorten 20-year projection to meet public housing target

Housing minister Frank Chan admits that meeting pledge to supply public flat within 3 years of application might take between 10 and 20 years, prompting lawmakers to call for more precise and shorter timeline.

Housing minister Frank Chan admits that meeting pledge to supply public flat within 3 years of application might take between 10 and 20 years, prompting lawmakers to call for more precise and shorter timeline.

Hong Kong lawmakers demand government shorten 20-year projection to meet public housing target
20 Oct 2021 - 11:48PM
Property developer with rights to prized wetlands in Northern Metropolis area calls for fair hearing by Hong Kong town planners

The Fu family that runs KHI Holdings Group is seeking to build 28 high-rises and 140 houses on a stretch of wetlands in Yuen Long, which sits inside the new planned Northern Metropolis.

The Fu family that runs KHI Holdings Group is seeking to build 28 high-rises and 140 houses on a stretch of wetlands in Yuen Long, which sits inside the new planned Northern Metropolis.

Property developer with rights to prized wetlands in Northern Metropolis area calls for fair hearing by Hong Kong town planners
20 Oct 2021 - 1:24AM
Hong Kong to amend ‘unreasonable’ planning rules, cut avenues for public to raise objections to projects

Town planners and an advocacy group agree amendments can prevent abuses but warned against sweeping changes that could cut people’s right to object to projects.

Town planners and an advocacy group agree amendments can prevent abuses but warned against sweeping changes that could cut people’s right to object to projects.

Hong Kong to amend  ‘unreasonable’ planning rules, cut avenues for public to raise objections to projects
9 Oct 2021 - 3:30AM
Proposed Northern Metropolis near mainland China border will be ‘Hong Kong’s most important area’, leader says in policy address

The scheme, repackaged and expanded from an existing new town plan, is seen as a major strategic change for the city’s development.

The scheme, repackaged and expanded from an existing new town plan, is seen as a major strategic change for the city’s development.

Proposed Northern Metropolis near mainland China border will be ‘Hong Kong’s most important area’, leader says in policy address
20 Oct 2021 - 1:30AM
6 takeaways from 2021 Hong Kong policy address: from a new metropolis to Carrie Lam conducting national security classes

Long-term implications abound in address Lam promised would be ‘visionary’, though advisers say that’s no indication of whether she’ll seek second term.

Long-term implications abound in address Lam promised would be ‘visionary’, though advisers say that’s no indication of whether she’ll seek second term.

6 takeaways from 2021 Hong Kong policy address: from a new metropolis to Carrie Lam conducting national security classes
20 Oct 2021 - 1:30AM
Carrie Lam policy address: massive housing plan near Hong Kong’s border to play starring role in speech, but vision has its critics

Blueprint calls for expanding on existing plan for New Territories North and will be comparable in scale with Lantau Tomorrow Vision, sources say.

Blueprint calls for expanding on existing plan for New Territories North and will be comparable in scale with Lantau Tomorrow Vision, sources say.

Carrie Lam policy address: massive housing plan near Hong Kong’s border to play starring role in speech, but vision has its critics
6 Oct 2021 - 7:30AM
Hong Kong property giants deny Beijing is ramping up pressure on industry to fix city’s housing woes, following reports of officials losing patience

City’s biggest developers release statement saying they have not been approached by mainland Chinese officials expressing concern about Hong Kong housing issues.

City’s biggest developers release statement saying they have not been approached by mainland Chinese officials expressing concern about Hong Kong housing issues.

Hong Kong property giants deny Beijing is ramping up pressure on industry to fix city’s housing woes, following reports of officials losing patience
24 Sep 2021 - 11:37PM
Carrie Lam says Hong Kong property developers more helpful on housing, but declines to confirm report claiming Beijing making tycoons toe line

‘All I can say is that the central government cares a lot about Hong Kong’s livelihood issues,’ city leader says while refusing to address ‘rumours’.

‘All I can say is that the central government cares a lot about Hong Kong’s livelihood issues,’ city leader says while refusing to address ‘rumours’.

Carrie Lam says Hong Kong property developers more helpful on housing, but declines to confirm report claiming Beijing making tycoons toe line
21 Sep 2021 - 11:32PM
Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority ready to build subsidised flats, but needs land to move faster, chairman says

URA considering new approaches to meet target of building 18,000 flats in five years as Beijing pushes for elimination of subdivided homes.

URA considering new approaches to meet target of building 18,000 flats in five years as Beijing pushes for elimination of subdivided homes.

Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority ready to build subsidised flats, but needs land to move faster, chairman says
6 Sep 2021 - 9:28AM
‘Punching bags’ over housing shortage? Powerful Hong Kong rural group calls for changes to sell ancestral village land to developers

Heung Yee Kuk chief blames rigid rules for blocking release of village land for new housing

Heung Yee Kuk chief blames rigid rules for blocking release of village land for new housing

‘Punching bags’ over housing shortage? Powerful Hong Kong rural group calls for changes to sell ancestral village land to developers
24 Aug 2021 - 3:42PM
Hong Kong’s housing crisis long blamed on land shortage, but are other factors at play?

Project delays, focus on luxury flats by city’s rail giant, which is allowed to develop land above and around stations, have caused concern.

Project delays, focus on luxury flats by city’s rail giant, which is allowed to develop land above and around stations, have caused concern.

Hong Kong’s housing crisis long blamed on land shortage, but are other factors at play?
12 Aug 2021 - 11:32AM
Hong Kong’s housing crisis: soaring prices put flats beyond reach, while queue to rent keeps growing longer

Home ownership dream slips beyond the grasp of Hongkongers priced out of private property market, while poor families wait years for public rental flats.

Home ownership dream slips beyond the grasp of Hongkongers priced out of private property market, while poor families wait years for public rental flats.

Hong Kong’s housing crisis: soaring prices put flats beyond reach, while queue to rent keeps growing longer
12 Aug 2021 - 12:43AM
Take another look: Hong Kong border area near Shenzhen has potential for both commerce and housing, Paul Chan says

New developments in border area can also spur Hong Kong-Shenzhen interaction, cooperation.

New developments in border area can also spur Hong Kong-Shenzhen interaction, cooperation.

Take another look: Hong Kong border area near Shenzhen has potential for both commerce and housing, Paul Chan says
25 Jul 2021 - 11:49PM
Paul Chan on housing: Hong Kong has land, but must cut red tape, reduce abuse to address woes

Minister pledges government commitment to fixing dire housing shortage, but won’t say if he’s eyeing a run for city leader.

Minister pledges government commitment to fixing dire housing shortage, but won’t say if he’s eyeing a run for city leader.

Paul Chan on housing: Hong Kong has land, but must cut red tape, reduce abuse to address woes
25 Jul 2021 - 11:50PM
Hong Kong sets new goal to reach Tokyo, Paris levels of clean air by 2035, vows to comply with WHO standards over long term

City must seek to emulate the results of higher-performing global cities when tackling air pollution, environment minister says.

City must seek to emulate the results of higher-performing global cities when tackling air pollution, environment minister says.

Hong Kong sets new goal to reach Tokyo, Paris levels of clean air by 2035, vows to comply with WHO standards over long term
30 Jun 2021 - 1:25PM
Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority to build 18,000 new homes in HK$100 billion drive to help first-time buyers, regenerate parts of the city

Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority announces biggest, costliest five-year business plan in its history aimed at boosting private housing supply, redeveloping old communities.

Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority announces biggest, costliest five-year business plan in its history aimed at boosting private housing supply, redeveloping old communities.

Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority to build 18,000 new homes in HK$100 billion drive to help first-time buyers, regenerate parts of the city
16 Jun 2021 - 12:48AM
Major Hong Kong developer to release land for public housing, day after government says it will seize lots left idle for decades

Sun Hung Kai Properties to give up plots in Yuen Long located next to middle-class residential project, day after authorities said they would seize lots left idle for decades.

Sun Hung Kai Properties to give up plots in Yuen Long located next to middle-class residential project, day after authorities said they would seize lots left idle for decades.

Major Hong Kong developer to release land for public housing, day after government says it will seize lots left idle for decades
15 May 2021 - 12:27PM
Ex-Hong Kong leader revives plan to build public flats at country park, fuelling rumours of run for top office

Leung Chun-ying is calling for up to 30,000 new public housing flats on the edges of Tai Lam Country Park under a scheme that has some experts worried.

Leung Chun-ying is calling for up to 30,000 new public housing flats on the edges of Tai Lam Country Park under a scheme that has some experts worried.

Ex-Hong Kong leader revives plan to build public flats at country park, fuelling rumours of run for top office
14 May 2021 - 12:48AM
Hong Kong rural leaders, groups cry foul over ‘shockingly’ rushed Legco funding bid by city’s government for new border town

New Territories North project earmarked as one of two long-term sources of land supply for Hong Kong.

New Territories North project earmarked as one of two long-term sources of land supply for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong rural leaders, groups cry foul over ‘shockingly’ rushed Legco funding bid by city’s government for new border town
8 May 2021 - 12:56AM
Is there more land in Hong Kong for housing than government claims? Yes, says civic group eyeing small-house policy

Liber Research Community says idle village land held by developers is a waste of resources and not as ‘fragmented’ as authorities say.

Liber Research Community says idle village land held by developers is a waste of resources and not as ‘fragmented’ as authorities say.

Is there more land in Hong Kong for housing than government claims? Yes, says civic group eyeing small-house policy
15 May 2021 - 3:21PM
Residents of luxury Hong Kong housing block question legal grounds for government quarantine order after helper found with mutant strain

One resident maintains the quarantine arrangement for the building, where a domestic worker was found to be carrying a mutant strain of the virus, is ‘not consistent with existing protocols’.

One resident maintains the quarantine arrangement for the building, where a domestic worker was found to be carrying a mutant strain of the virus, is ‘not consistent with existing protocols’.

Residents of luxury Hong Kong housing block question legal grounds for government quarantine order after helper found with mutant strain
28 Apr 2021 - 2:40PM
Concession or control? Beijing’s electoral overhaul for Hong Kong and what it means for opposition strongholds

Opposition camp squeezed with Election Committee presence curtailed, but some of its Legco heartlands spared under Beijing’s reforms in Hong Kong.

Opposition camp squeezed with Election Committee presence curtailed, but some of its Legco heartlands spared under Beijing’s reforms in Hong Kong.

Concession or control? Beijing’s electoral overhaul for Hong Kong and what it means for opposition strongholds
14 Apr 2021 - 10:37AM
Beijing weakens influence of Hong Kong tycoons and strengthens power of mainland-linked outfits in city’s electoral shake-up with Election Committee revamped

The Election Committee will have more than 400 seats chosen by bodies, enterprises or other groups with ties to the mainland while the influence of local property tycoons will be greatly diminished in the new structure.

The Election Committee will have more than 400 seats chosen by bodies, enterprises or other groups with ties to the mainland while the influence of local property tycoons will be greatly diminished in the new structure.

Beijing weakens influence of Hong Kong tycoons and strengthens power of mainland-linked outfits in city’s electoral shake-up with Election Committee revamped
31 Mar 2021 - 5:24AM
Landlords of Hong Kong’s subdivided flats could still raise rent by up to 15 per cent under new tenancy control bill

The yearly rental index on the tiny flats will not take inflation or affordability into account as some had previously suggested, sources tell the Post, as critics argue the cap is too high.

The yearly rental index on the tiny flats will not take inflation or affordability into account as some had previously suggested, sources tell the Post, as critics argue the cap is too high.

Landlords of Hong Kong’s subdivided flats could still raise rent by up to 15 per cent under new tenancy control bill
29 Mar 2021 - 1:54PM
Hong Kong heritage officials reviewing some 6,000 buildings that ‘deserve another look’

Antiquities Advisory Board chairman Douglas So says some 200 of the structures under review could ultimately be earmarked for preservation.

Antiquities Advisory Board chairman Douglas So says some 200 of the structures under review could ultimately be earmarked for preservation.

Hong Kong heritage officials reviewing some 6,000 buildings that ‘deserve another look’
21 Mar 2021 - 8:54AM
Handed more political firepower, can Beijing-friendly lawmakers crack Hong Kong’s housing crisis?

The central government has signalled it expects the pro-establishment camp to deliver solutions to one of the city’s thorniest social problems after the election overhaul. But the changes may not eliminate all the obstacles to progress that have been vexing Beijing.

The central government has signalled it expects the pro-establishment camp to deliver solutions to one of the city’s thorniest social problems after the election overhaul. But the changes may not eliminate all the obstacles to progress that have been vexing Beijing.

Handed more political firepower, can Beijing-friendly lawmakers crack Hong Kong’s housing crisis?
11 Mar 2021 - 12:13PM
Number of new homes expected under Hong Kong land-sale programme plunges to 11-year low

Development chief says this year’s programme will yield only 6,000 flats for the private sector.

Development chief says this year’s programme will yield only 6,000 flats for the private sector.

Number of new homes expected under Hong Kong land-sale programme plunges to 11-year low
26 Feb 2021 - 2:42AM
Hong Kong budget: deficit, stamp duty and national security law spending among key takeaways from finance minister’s speech

City can expect a deficit for the next few years over recurring expenses linked to Covid-19, while stamp duty on stock trading will rise, and HK$8 billion will be spent on national security law.

City can expect a deficit for the next few years over recurring expenses linked to Covid-19, while stamp duty on stock trading will rise, and HK$8 billion will be spent on national security law.

Hong Kong budget: deficit, stamp duty and national security law spending among key takeaways from finance minister’s speech
24 Feb 2021 - 9:47PM
Rent control proposal for Hong Kong’s smallest homes could consider inflation, will respect property owners’ rights

Task force hopes to initiate change, but won’t set ceiling on rent or ban substandard dwellings.

Task force hopes to initiate change, but won’t set ceiling on rent or ban substandard dwellings.

Rent control proposal for Hong Kong’s smallest homes could consider inflation, will respect property owners’ rights
21 Feb 2021 - 11:18PM
‘A flat alone is not enough’: Hong Kong social enterprise Light Be aims to unlock potential in tenants enduring long wait for public housing

The social enterprise provides scores of families somewhere to live, while also teaching life skills and opening the door to vocational training.

The social enterprise provides scores of families somewhere to live, while also teaching life skills and opening the door to vocational training.

‘A flat alone is not enough’: Hong Kong social enterprise Light Be aims to unlock potential in tenants enduring long wait for public housing
18 Feb 2021 - 7:31PM