Concerned citizens march to the office of the Hong Kong chief executive in Admiralty to protest against the raising of the age threshold for elderly welfare payments, on January 27. Photo: Edmond So

Hong Kong must help the needy, but can’t become a welfare state: capitalism is about give and take

  • Handouts must be about providing the basics to the needy, not catering to a long list of demands. Individuals have to lift themselves up the social ladder
Topic |   Poverty

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Concerned citizens march to the office of the Hong Kong chief executive in Admiralty to protest against the raising of the age threshold for elderly welfare payments, on January 27. Photo: Edmond So
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Residents march through To Kwa Wan on January 26 to protest against what they describe as a nuisance caused by unregulated numbers of tourists from the mainland. Photo: EPA
Bernard Chan
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Opinion

Bernard Chan

Is Hong Kong reaching a tipping point in public anger? The government must tread carefully

  • Bernard Chan says from calls to build homes on golf course land, to the fuss over tunnel tolls and protests against raising the elderly welfare age limit and mainland shoppers, discontent is festering in Hong Kong, and the government needs to listen

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Residents march through To Kwa Wan on January 26 to protest against what they describe as a nuisance caused by unregulated numbers of tourists from the mainland. Photo: EPA
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