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LettersWhere are the Hong Kong patriots who will fix the housing crisis?
- Astronomical housing costs and substandard spaces offered by developers are the major source of frustration and dissatisfaction with the government
- Our leaders need integrity and courage to act with conviction and risk change
Hong Kong has never been a true democracy, but in the past the government met people’s basic needs for housing, health and education, which gave rise to opportunities and aspirations. The overwhelming focus today on political issues neglects the real source of discontent and discord within our society.
There seem to be few laws which clearly define decent housing – the kind that provides an atmosphere conducive to mental and physical health for a family. It certainly does not include something the size of a parking space sold at exorbitant prices.
The first step, as Mr Wong states, is to “pry the city’s economic structure and policies out of the hands of prominent land developers and business conglomerates”. An expansion of the Home Ownership Scheme would be a positive step. The city must not, as he puts it, “fall into the hands of a new economic elite”.
They need integrity and courage to act with conviction and risk change, so we can look into our future with hope and optimism. Time waits for no one.
True patriotism, as Mr Wong points out, “reconciles competent governance in the interest of Hong Kong citizens with the overarching interests of China”.
Where are these patriots? Their time is now.
Beatrice Li, Repulse Bay