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    九月 2010

    週四 30 九月 2010

    30 Sep 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Executive Council

    Issue

    • Lau’s possible conflict of interest

    News Content

    • After being accused of having a conflict of interest by failing to declare his property deals, Mr. Lau Wong-fat asked for evidence that he had gained a profit after hearing insider information from Exco.
    • He asked the public to be fair. He said: ‘It is unreasonable to keep trampling on a person.’ Before returning to Hong Kong last night, Lau said he would explain if he failed to make a declaration or whether the delay was an oversight once he returns to his office today. He said: “I will give the public a thorough explanation.

    Questions

    • As a key government advisor, Lau holds a greater responsibility to the public, and thus is bound by a higher moral standard.
    • When Lau was appointed as executive councilor last year, he was named as the richest person in the Exco. His deep connection with the business sector has sparked public outcry. Commentators had asked if Lau had to be absent in the meetings on infrastructure projects in order to avoid possible conflict of interest. It is yet to see if the suggested measures had been taken. Lau’s alleged failure to declare his property deals may provide another evidences that public worries are well founded.


    週三 29 九月 2010

    29 Sep 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Healthcare Policy

    Issue

    • ExCo approves voluntary health insurance plan

    News Content

    • SCMP quoting people familiar with the voluntary health insurance plan said young adults will pay about HK150 a month while healthy people aged 60 or above will pay about HK$450. High-risk patients’ monthly premiums will be as high as HK$750.
    • In order to attract young people to join the scheme, the government proposes 30% discount on premiums will be given to people who join before the age of 30. People enroll in the first year of the scheme’s launch will also enjoy 30% discount.
    • The proposed insurance will cover at least half of the cost of basic in-patient services at private hospitals, such as surgical procedures and accommodation in third-class wards. Out-patient consultations and cosmetic surgery will not be covered.
    • A public consultation will be launched next week.

    Questions

    • Who will be benefited from the scheme? The insurance companies? The patients? The government?
    • The scheme fails to provide the healthcare services for all. The chronically ill patient is likely to be excluded. It is said the chronically ill will only be able to claim 100% of their medical fees in the fourth year after they enroll the scheme, and in the first year of coverage they will not be reimbursed for treatment of pre-existing conditions.
    • The medical services they scheme provide is incomplete. Out-patient consultation will not be covered.


    週二 28 九月 2010

    28 Sep 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Executive Council

    Issue

    • Public outcry on Lau’s possible conflict of interest

    News Content

    • According to SCMP, Executive Council member Lau Wong-fat in late February bought 24 flats at Yoho Midtown, via Carofaith Investment with Lau holding 40% control and China Tiger Capital Management, linked with Lau’s family. Three of the units were sold in confirmor transactions – resales before a transaction is completed - during March and July, bringing a HK$800,000 gain.
    • Financial Secretary John Tsang has announced a package of measures aiming at stabilizing the soaring property market since February this year. One of the measures announced in August include a ban of confirmor transactions, the public is concerned if it involves a potential conflict of interest.
    • Other than this, the list of deals yet to be disclosed to Exco includes houses in Yuen Long’s Palm Springs, bought in April under Carofaith.
    • His alleged failure to declare violates Exco’s rule that states any change in a member’s property ownership must be reported within 14 days.
    • Lau, who was now in Taiwan but due to return tomorrow, said he could only provide an explanation to the public after detailed checking when he was back in Hong Kong.

    Questions

    • Absent-mindedness or blaming others for the mistakes is just an excuse. As a key government advisor, Lau holds a greater responsibility to the public, and thus is bound by a higher moral standard.
    • When Lau was appointed as executive councilor last year, he was named as the richest person in the Exco. His deep connection with the business sector has sparked public outcry. Commentators had asked if Lau had to be absent in the meetings on infrastructure projects in order to provide possible conflict of interest. It is yet to see how suggested measures had been taken. Lau’s alleged failure to declare his property deals may provide another evidences that public worries are well founded.
    • The government has been taking a package of measures to stabilize the soaring property market. What Lau had done is not in line with government policies.


    週一 27 九月 2010

    27 Sep 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Economic Policy

    Issue

    • Economic connections between Hong Kong and the mainland

    News Content

    • In its newly released study report on HK’s Roles and Positioning in the Economic Development of the Nation, the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council urged the central authorities to support and promote the development of Hong Kong’s services industry, especially the six priority industries when drawing up the 12th Five-Year Plan Outline.
    • According to SCMP, the council’s report recommends that a joint customs information database be set up to reduce repetitive vetting procedures for the flow of people and good between Hong Kong and Guangdong.
    • It also calls for more border crossings to be open 24-hour a day. And the report also urges the central and Hong Kong governments to explore ways to develop the city into an offshore RMB centre.
    • Mr. Victor Fung Kwok-king, the chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council said Hong Kong firm should gradually shift their focus away from exporting products manufactured on the mainland to overseas countries and towards extending their distribution networks north of the border.

    Questions

    • Perhaps, the economic integration between Hong Kong and the mainland should be rephrased as connection between Hong Kong and the mainland.
    • Hong Kong’s economic connection to mainland has a long history. And some of the connections are alleged to have been monopolized. It is important for the government to review current mainland-HK economic policy before envisioning a new cross-border economic connection.
    • The definition of the six priority industries should be broadened.

     



    週六 25 九月 2010

    25 Sep 2010 列印 Email

    不談體壇公義,怎談申辦亞運?

     

    特區政府本周展開為期六星期的「香港應否申辦2023年亞運」公眾諮詢。民政事務局局長曾德成在簡介會表示,申辦2023年亞運會直接總成本約為137至145億元,而亞運門票、銷售及贊助僅收入7億至8.6億元,料申辦亞運最高虧損金額138億元,即香港將「蝕辦」亞運。不過,曾德成表示,主辦亞運將有助推動本地體育運動發展,增加社會凝聚力以及香港的國際地位。

     

    大家可曾記得,去年東亞運開幕期間,一批柔道運動員高舉「隻手遮天,無法無天」的橫額上街遊行,控訴香港柔道總會選拔不公,要求政府加強監管各體育總會的悲壯場面嗎?不足一年,政府提出百億亞運大計,聲稱亞運將可協助精英運動追求卓越、建立社區熱愛體育文化以及提升香港作為國際體壇盛事中心的地位,但對香港體壇不公、有體育總會被指黑箱作業、以及政府只撥款不監管等做法,全部絕口不提,令人擔心亞運百億公帑最終將會誰人受惠?是有潛質的運動員及出色教練?還是圈內既得利益者?

     

    若要建立社區熱愛體育文化,精英運動員的明星效應有一定作用,然而,更重要的是,如何將公共資源更公平更有效地分布,令不同市民、隸屬不同團體的運動員可憑本身實力,參加賽事、競逐錦標以及代表香港參加國際賽事,實現真正的體育精神,達致體育社會公義,而不是僅僅培育精英選手、建立超級體育城。

     

    政府在諮詢中迴避體壇不公問題,也拒絕透露公私合作發展選手村的詳情。政府在諮詢文件中透露,將仿照上次申辦亞運的建議,從市區或新界土地中,挑選適合土地,以較低地價換取發展商興建單位,押後發售以作亞運選手村,然而,這種安排難免加重公眾疑慮,一是在挑選土地及合作發展商上,如何做到公平公正,避免私相授受;二是選手村的建築規模格式,會否是另一豪宅物業的翻版,不僅令地產商大賺一筆,更令本可屬於香港市民另一公共記憶的選手村轉身變成私人資產,既不符合「公平、公開、公正」的體育精神,也與政府高官不斷吹噓的促進社區凝聚感明顯背道而馳。因此,不公開有關資料,市民又怎談應否申辦亞運?


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