A village in Hung Shui Kiu, New Territories, that has been slated for new town development and whose residents were moved out in 2015. The government’s new proposal for villagers who face eviction is not intended to be a one-off arrangement, but will be applied to other comparable situations in future. Photo: Felix Wong 

Why a new housing plan for squatters signals a radical change in Hong Kong governance

Bernard Chan says the government’s offer of more generous compensation to try to speed up new town development represents a break with its long-held principles of safeguarding taxpayers’ money, and is a sign officials are ready to move with the times 

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A village in Hung Shui Kiu, New Territories, that has been slated for new town development and whose residents were moved out in 2015. The government’s new proposal for villagers who face eviction is not intended to be a one-off arrangement, but will be applied to other comparable situations in future. Photo: Felix Wong 
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