Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg
Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg
Albert Cheng
Opinion

Opinion

Albert Cheng

Hong Kong budget: handouts vital to tide over workers without income

  • With the unemployment rate rising and labour unions reporting a critical need to support out-of-work Hongkongers, the government must respond with empathy
  • It’s also a good time to steer local business towards good corporate governance, thereby protecting labour and environmental standards

Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg
Commuters walk through Central MTR station in Hong Kong on February 18. The government must not only provide budget relief for Hongkongers in need, it must also take this pandemic as an opportunity to ride on the ESG trend, to provide a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s economic recovery. Photo: Bloomberg
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Albert Cheng

Albert Cheng

Ir. Albert Cheng is the founder of Digital Broadcasting Corporation Hong Kong Limited, a current affairs commentator and columnist. He was formerly a direct elected Hong Kong SAR legislative councillor. Mr Cheng was voted by Time Magazine in 1997 as one of "the 25 most influential people in new Hong Kong" and selected by Business Week in 1998 as one of "the 50 stars of Asia".