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Will Hong Kong ever have the courage to tackle its real problems?

  • The lack of courage of our government baffles me. For insiders and outsiders, this is all too clear, and yet our government seems to be blind
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2018, 8:33am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2018, 8:32am

Looking at the annual results of our property developers and the inactivity of our government in tackling the kuk (the villagers’ representative body), there can be only one conclusion: collusion.

The damaging report from the city’s ombudsman on how the Social Welfare Department is failing in its task of managing the care of our elderly clearly shows the divide in our community (“Hong Kong’s elderly failed by outdated laws and welfare department’s lax approach to protecting them, watchdog says in damning report”, December 13).

With all our resources, the Hong Kong government still serves powerful business interests (think the proposed HK$500 billion Lantau reclamation for artificial islands) instead of focusing on problems that afflict our grass-roots community (“Majority of Hongkongers worried about cost of Lantau reclamation plan, survey finds”, November 6).

The lack of courage of our government baffles me. For insiders and outsiders, this is all too clear, and yet our government seems to be blind.

If this government hopes to win over the people, it must be willing to listen to criticism about its shortcomings, instead of supporting vested interests and acceding to interference from Beijing.

Peter den Hartog, Tuen Mun