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Hong Kong youth

Hongkongers are moving out to escape a failed state

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2018, 9:48am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2018, 9:48am

I refer to the article by Albert Cheng on the growing number of people from Hong Kong making the move West (“Call of Canada: why Hongkongers are leaving for a second time”, June 15).

Although Hong Kong is superficially fine and dandy (good infrastructure, swish skyscrapers, safe streets, stable currency and so on), in many ways it could be regarded as a failed state. For a depressingly large number of citizens, it is simply not working and the future looks dire.

Throw in the uncertainties associated with 2047 – when the “one country, two systems” principle for Hong Kong’s governing framework is due to end, now less than 30 years away – and it is inevitable that many, especially the young, will start looking elsewhere to live.

The city’s leaders, whether political, business or societal, need to proactively respond to the situation. If not, future historians are likely to take a dim view of their efforts during the time they were in charge.

Jason R. Ali, Mui Wo