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    2 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Social Security Policy

    Issue

    News Content

    • A District Judge openly criticized the Social Welfare Department for heartless after finding the dept suspended the welfare benefits to the family of a woman while it investigated her for benefit fraud.
    • Although Judge Eddie Yip convicted the 48 years old woman of fraud, he questioned the Social Welfare Dept’s dealing with the case: ‘The policy of the Social Welfare Department is really uncompassionate. It was the woman who cheated the department, but why was her family also punished?
    • He also challenged the logic of a Court of Appeal sentencing guideline in which a dole cheat might be sentenced to community service and be spared a jail term if he or she could repay the money. But if the benefit cheat is poor and less capable, he would be jailed.

    Questions

    • The Social Welfare Department has to explain why the benefits to the family were cut while it investigated the woman for benefit fraud. It was unfair to her and her family. The Social Welfare Department is supposed to provide a helping hand for those in need. The case the department failed to do so.
    • It is yet to see which part of the system goes wrong. The frontline staff? The middle management? Or the senior management? Or the whole administration has to reflect on the judge’s remarks. Why is the poor punished?
     
    1 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue

    • CE hit back at Wang's criticism

    News Content

    • After Wang Guangya, director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office criticized the city's civil servant for failure to take command, Chief Executive Donald Tsang hit back by stating that under 'one country, two systems' principle, Hong Kong people are learning to be their own boss. And he also defended that his administration has been making short, medium and long-terms plan for Hong Kong.
    • But he declined to respond if Wang's comment was pointing at him or his governing team.
    • Tsang said public participation was important in the process of policy formulation, so it might take longer to foster consensus in Hong Kong's society.
    • Chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, Mr. So Ping-chi, said Tsang's response was missing the point: 'General civil servants understand Wang was not criticizing them, but the leadership.

    Questions

    • It is politically wrong for Tsang to shift the blame. The Hong Kong government doesn't want to do any proper public engagement.
    • The government failed to make medium or long-term planning for Hong Kong. It is vision-less, only reacts upon pressure.
    • Tsang should have reflected upon himself and his governance.
     
    29 JUL 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong Affairs criticized civil servants for lack of vision.

    News Content

    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang took two days to hit back Wang’s criticism that the SAR’s civil servants are lack of vision. On his facebook page, Upper Albert Road, Tsang said, The team of the SAR government, both the political appointees and the civil servants, have been working for Hong Kong’s long-term interest. ‘We formulate policy together.’
    • He stressed that the policy address, which will be delivered this October, will put forward feasible short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to handle housing problem, narrow the rich-poor gap, raise the living standard of grassroots people, improve retirement scheme and provide better support for the elderly.

    Questions

    • Under the politically appointment system, the secretary and deputy secretary shoulder the policy formulation and development while the civil servants take part of policy implementation. Hardly both will formulate the policy together.
    • The track record will tell whether Tsang’s governance do has a vision. It is not. He failed to ease the rich-poor gap. He failed to slow down the spiraling property price.
     
    28 JUL 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong Affairs criticized civil servants for lack of vision.

    News Content 

    • Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office opened fire on civil servant for their lack of vision and ability to take command.
    • According to three Chinese-language newspapers, Wang made the remarks to a group of visiting Hong Kong university student in Beijing on Tuesday. Wang said that colonial rule had trained civil servants to listen to the boss but now they have become the boss, they still don’t know how to be a boss and how to be a master.
    • He also said Hongkongers had high expectations of long-term policy planning after the handover. But the current administration has failed to address some issues which affect Hong Kong’s long-term development such as housing and an ageing population.
    • The senior Government Officers Association hit back immediately. Association chairman So Ping-chi said Wang should have referred to politically appointed officials rather than civil servants.
    • A government spokesman declined to comment on Wang’s remarks.

     

    Questions

    • Simply scapegoating Tsang is no use. Don't forget that Tsang had Beijing’s blessing when he took power in 2007. By increasing its grip over Hong Kong, the central government has undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy. The logic is simple: no autonomy, no master.
    • Wong’s comment is indirect, subtle, enigmatic, dismantling Hong Kong’s solidarity rather than uniting us.
    • Tsang, of course, should be responsible. He helps develop the populist and cynical rule in Hong Kong. Just play around the rules then you will be safe.

     

     
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