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Thirty-two Hong Kong social service groups supported by the government paid out more than HK$7.8 million in cash subsidies in the 2016-17 financial year to their top executives, whose basic salaries were often higher than civil servants of the same rank, a survey by a social workers' union has revealed. Hong Kong managers

The row over Tai's suggestion at a forum in Taiwan last month that the city could "consider becoming an independent state" some day in a "democratic China" intensified on Monday as Beijing mouthpiece People's Daily demanded the Hong Kong government take legal action against him under the ...
Although the submission, sent to the UN on March 29, covers many human rights issues as part of a UN five-year review, it is the first time a group in Hong Kong has adopted the global rights framework to push for action on the environment. They are asking the Hong Kong government to tackle air, soil ... Hong Kong
The Hong Kong government on Tuesday moved a step closer to regulating stem cell treatment and other "advanced therapy" products in the city as it launched a two-month consultation following recent cases of serious blunders in beauty salon procedures. In a statement, authorities proposed ...

Nothing the Hong Kong government can, or wishes to, do can improve the chances of the working classes ever owning or affording to rent decent housing. The possible benefit for myself and others of my ilk – blue-collar proletarians earning a living by the sweat of our brow – is that one day my section's ...
The row over controversial academic Benny Tai Yiu-ting's independence remarks intensified on Monday as Beijing mouthpiece People's Daily demanded the Hong Kong government take legal action against him under the city's existing criminal law, even if it has yet to adopt national security legislation ...
The government hopes the manufacturing industry can contribute up to 5 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product (GDP), having declined to 1.2 per cent in 2015 from 2.7 per cent in 2006. In 1977, the manufacturing industry accounted for 30 per cent of the territory's GDP and employed one million ...
Here's a simple question: will Hong Kong's youth be developed following the establishment of Carrie Lam's Youth Development Commission. ... People who have served on government committees will tell you that the main role of the bureaucrats is to inform 'non-official' members why practically any ...
A liberal academic who was a key leader of the 2014 Occupy protests has earned an unusually strong public rebuke from the Hong Kong government for suggesting in Taiwan that the city could “consider becoming an independent state”. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is ...
After more than a decade of public pressure to get tough on telemarketers making cold calls, the government has proposed to set up a statutory do-not-call register managed by Hong Kong's privacy watchdog to screen out nuisance callers. The move implies telemarketers may be subject to legal sanctions if ...
WHILE the Hong Kong dollar plummets to its lowest value in three decades, the government announced last month that for the 14th year straight, the city ... The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is the governmental currency board and also the de facto central bank for Hong Kong and the Hong Kong dollar.
Each year the Hong Kong government budgets how much it will need to spend for each of its eight sectors, including education, security and infrastructure. The simple reason for the surplus in money is the conservative approach the city takes to spending. Officials are obliged to follow the rules on fiscal ...
The government has announced that around 2.8 million eligible Hongkongers are to receive HK$4,000 under a new scheme. The move comes after its annual budget was criticised for excluding cash handouts amid a predicted HK$138 billion surplus. Residents with ID cards who are over 18 by the end of ...
But its hard to see how the co-option of youth into the governmental maze of bureaucracy—which is a big part of the problem, not a path to solutions—is ... If the Hong Kong government wants to win the trust of the younger generation, then it should stop disqualifying young, duly elected lawmakers from the ...
Hong Kong's “playboy” property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has called on the government to source more land to build affordable flats to ease the city's housing crisis, even at the cost of private developers' share of the pie. Speaking to the Post in his palatial 16,000-square foot house named Happy ...

As a lawmaker in 2011, Chan once said it would be more than adequate for the city's fiscal reserves to be at 12 to 15 months of government expenditure. But on Friday, he was more cautious in spelling out a figure, beyond saying he now had a better grasp of the issues Hong Kong was grappling with now ...
The government has tightened the rules on who qualifies for free entry to Hong Kong's most important student exam, amending a policy first unveiled in last month's budget. Only school students will benefit from the exam fee waiver, to stop people taking the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exam ...
He called on Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to “ensure that the established constitutional framework for any change to the Basic Law (Hong Kong's mini-constitution) is respected”. Responding to media inquiries, a Hong Kong government spokesman said later on the same day: “Since the return to the ...
The 2018-19 Hong Kong budget has earmarked HK$500 million for a steering committee under the chief secretary to strengthen support for ethnic minorities and enhance collaboration within the government. Hong Kong Unison suggests that part of the HK$500 million be used to develop a systematic ...
The Hong Kong government has promised to enhance management of the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront as it denied striking an “under-the-table deal” with a developer over the tourist spot's renovation. Since 2004, New World Development has managed the attraction on the Kowloon ...
Hong Kong developers and occupiers need to incorporate property technology to ensure the city's real estate remains attractive. At the start of the Year of the Dog, the Hong Kong Government unveiled the annual budget with a record-breaking surplus of HK$138 billion (US$17.7 billion). Land sales ...
Hong Kong lawmakers on Tuesday said the government was asking the impossible by requesting they pass a bill to station mainland Chinese officers in the city for a rail checkpoint, because by voting for the law they would be breaching their vows to uphold the mini-constitution. The local legislature's ...
HONG KONG, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced Tuesday that an Independent Review Committee on Hong Kong's Franchised Bus Service has been set up to review the operation and monitoring of ...
Mr Zen says he was driven to become more vocal about human rights after Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997. After becoming Bishop of Hong Kong in 2002, he fiercely opposed the local pro-Beijing government's anti-subversion bill the following year, which was shelved after hundreds of ...
Some democrats in the city of 7.3 million say these polls are crucial to redress the injustice of the disqualifications, and to safeguard Hong Kong's freedom and autonomy. "If we lose today, the government and the pro-establishment forces will get their way, and we won't see any system to speak of under the ...
The Hong Kong government has lowered its Chinese language requirement for 22 types of government jobs so that it can recruit more ethnic minorities, according to Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. The 22 newly adjusted civil servant posts include occupations such as ...
Chinese language requirements for another 22 types of Hong Kong government jobs have been lowered to give ethnic minorities a better chance of qualifying for those positions, chief secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Sunday. While this means 53 of the over 400 categories of civil service ...
Just 70 percent of the 61,579 apartments sold last year were second-hand, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. and Hong Kong's Lands Department. That share has fallen from 90 percent in 2010. Secondary market sales volumes have slumped 50 percent since the government began ...
To be chaired by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, the new Youth Development Commission is expected to “enhance policy coordination within the government”. The commission will include three members aged between 18 and 35 recruited under a government scheme aimed to provide more ...
China's index of growth companies led the country's stock markets higher on Friday as investors took heart from recent government indications of support for smaller, entrepreneurial companies, while in Hong Kong shares rose on a report of a possible takeover move by a leading beer company.
The 2018 budget has made Paul Chan Mo-po the worst financial secretary in the history of Hong Kong. With a surplus of HK$138 billion, the government trumpeted the new budget as a giveaway; however, it has received a record low rating in the latest public opinion survey. People are taking a dig at Chan ...
In addition, the 500 people surveyed by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme gave the budget 42.8 marks out of 100, meaning that satisfaction with the government's financial strategy plunged to a seven-year low. After announcing a record surplus of HK$138 billion (US$17.7 billion) last ...
In this regard, Chan's insight is highly appreciated. Though dishing out cash sweeteners may win a round of immediate applause, that is too short-sighted. Even though some Hong Kong people and political parties have suggested that the government distribute cash among all residents, it is wise of Chan to ...
The Hong Kong government will be provide a one-off grant of HK$2,000 to each student in need. The measure, announced in Wednesday's budget, will involve an expenditure of around HK$740 million. In Financial Secretary Paul Chan's second budget speech, he pledged HK$2 billion for “quality ...
“Even if the budget is passed, it is going to be passed with a low number of supporting votes ... which would affect the popularity rating of the government,” she said. Since finance chief Paul Chan Mo-po announced Hong Kong's record surplus of HK$138 billion (US$17.7 billion) last Wednesday and dished ...
Hong Kong's finance chief said on Saturday that the government was looking into using a care fund to help those people who missed out on benefits in his budget address. The remark by Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, which raised a new round of concerns and criticism, came a day after lawmakers ...
Developers are often criticised for hoarding land in the New Territories and not developing their plots to meet Hong Kong's housing shortage. Nothing could be further from the truth. Developers want to develop; that is their reason for being. Instead, the biggest problem is that the government puts obstacles ...
Hong Kong recently opened its first government-backed e-waste recycling facility, which aims to combat one of the largest waste problems. The $54 million facility turns e-waste like computers and televisions into shredded chunks of plastic and steel. To keep the facility running efficiently and effectively, the ...
After almost a decade in the making, one might expect that the government's flagship voluntary health insurance scheme would be readied to drive fundamental improvements to Hong Kong's private health care landscape. The scheme was supposed to create a product that was “entry-level”, ...
Under the agreement relating to fugitives, Hong Kong would have to turn over to those countries individuals whom they are investigating for criminal activity. But the city has not yet signed such agreements with Thailand. And a Hong Kong government source said Yingluck was believed to have chosen the ...
A domestic helper on Wednesday lost Hong Kong's first judicial review of the government requirement that she and 370,000 workers like her must live with their employers. Nancy Almorin Lubiano, from the Philippines, had asked the High Court to declare the city's mandatory 15-year-old live-in rule ...
A group of researchers have said that Hong Kong should introduce legislation or amendments to the current surveillance law, issue guidance to law enforcement agencies, and improve routine disclosure to increase transparency. The government makes, on average, 4,470 data requests to tech companies ...
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's High Court on Tuesday (Feb 13) ruled in favour of barring a pro-independence activist from standing in an election, saying it is "fundamental" for lawmakers to accept the city as an inalienable part of China. The former British colony, which returned to China in 1997, does not ...
Hong Kong is set to reap a bumper budget surplus this year as experts warn of a structural surplus problem, with HK$120 billion already in the bag and the final figure likely to be just shy of HK$160 billion by the end of March, according to figures obtained by the Post. The massive projected surplus, at least ...
Hong Kong government cancels Chinese New Year fireworks ... accident in Tai Po that killed 19 Hongkongers and injured dozens, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the government is cancelling the city's annual Chinese New Year fireworks set to take place this Saturday evening.
Historians have urged the Hong Kong government to conduct a thorough underground study of unexploded wartime bombs across the city for public safety, arguing that this “mission possible” is an overdue responsibility. While the exact number of dormant devices beneath the ground remains unclear, ...
The Hong Kong government is being urged to pay HK$300 million (US$38 million) towards the biggest overhaul of accountancy regulation in a decade, which would see an independent watchdog given full powers to inspect, investigate and discipline auditors in more than 2,000 listed companies. Kenneth ...
Hong Kong will launch in July its first public annuity scheme, which will allow any permanent resident aged 65 or above to invest a lump sum in exchange for a guaranteed monthly income for life, the government's latest effort to provide for an ever-ageing population. The HK$10 billion (US$1.3 billion) ...


 

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