Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

Hong Kong’s small-house policy is evidence of a leadership stuck in the past

  • A series of governments have chosen to put off dealing with a policy that is exacerbating Hong Kong’s housing crisis, preferring to kick the can down the road
  • Rather than maintain an archaic policy and waste the city’s fiscal reserves on land reclamation, officials should eliminate existing villages and use that money for compensation

Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Village houses in Yuen Long on October 18, 2020. Hong Kong has transformed into a modern city and urbanisation has spread into the New Territories. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.