LettersIndifference to losing Hong Kong’s talented youth will come back to hurt city
- The government is not cherishing our local talent and is taking for granted those who have chosen to stay in Hong Kong
- If other countries keep luring away young people we have invested in from a tender age, we will have nurtured others’ elite talent for free
I’m surprised our top officials are so indifferent to the loss of talented young people, which could have devastating repercussions. It could aggravate the problem of population ageing and cause a skills shortage in the long run. The government seems short-sighted and overconfident about Hong Kong’s appeal.
The city’s stringent pandemic control measures are deterring talent from moving here. Real talent wouldn’t consider developing their career in a city that is falling behind and losing its importance on the international stage.
Recruiting talent from around the world is not the panacea. If other countries keep harvesting our educated elite – whom we invested in from a tender age, until university – and we do nothing to retain them, we are in effect giving away the talent we nurtured for years for free.
Dragon Lo Koon-kit, Sha Tin