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    十二月 2010

    週五 31 十二月 2010

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    Category

       Social Welfare

    Issue

    • Community Care Fund

    News Content

    • The Community Care Fund held its first executive committee meeting yesterday. Several recommendations were made. They suggested allocating HK500 million in the first year for groups to apply on a project basis. Individual applications will not be accepted.
    • And they also suggested the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to manage the HK$10 billion Fund to save management fees demanded by private fund mangers.
    • It was reported that details of the fund will be made after discussions among the sub-committees and two public consultation sessions next month.

    Questions

    • The government is yet to reveal how much money has been collected from the business sector. The government plans to contribute HK$5billion to the fund and raise another HK$5billion from business sector.
    • It has been rightly said by the legislative Council’s social welfare representative Peter Cheung that the fund should not be a long-term social welfare policy. The government should find ways to improve the current system.


    週四 30 十二月 2010

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    Category

       One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue

    • Zhao Lianhai

    News Content

    • Mr. Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, asked Hong Kong not to interfere with the mainland judiciary in the ways it handles the tainted-milk activist Zhao Lianhai.
    • Asked if the joint letter from a group of Hong Kong NPC members to the Supreme People’s Court calling for the release of Zhao Lianhai amounted to interference, Wang said: ‘It depends on the way of expression. Under ‘one country, two systems’, well water should not intrude into river water.
    • The NPC deputies denied having meddled in the mainland judiciary, saying it was their job as state lawmakers to monitor national affairs. They also said they did not see Wang’s remarks as being aimed at them.

    Questions

    • Mr. Wang should be noted that the letter was signed by a group of Hong Kong NPC members, who are state lawmakers, and whose duty is to monitor national affairs. They are fully entitled to make such a ‘petition’.
    • Besides, the old saying of ‘well water should not intrude into river’ is not valid in this case. We do remember when and how we first encounter this expression. It was used by the Communist party general secretary Jiang Zemin in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown as a warning against Hong Kong meddling in mainland affairs. It was long before 1997. And now Hong Kong is the Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China. Thus we are in a one county. And two systems in ‘one country two systems principle refer to socialism and capitalism. If interpretation is allowed on the article 5, Chapter 1 of the Basic Law, the ‘one country two systems’ principle may be perceived as a way to protect the capitalist system and way of life in Hong Kong.


    週二 28 十二月 2010

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    Category

       One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue

    • Premier Wen tells Tsang to be prepared

    News Content

    • Premier Wen Jiabo told visiting Chief Executive Donald Tsang that Hong Kong should boost its financial competitiveness, improve citizen’s livelihood and plan ahead for its long-term prosperity and stability.
    • Tsang concluded his visit last Thursday. Before leaving Beijing, he met Premier Wen at Zhongnanhai. Tsang said the conflicts Wen referred to were the problems created by market instabilities and inflation. Tsang believes it is universal problem, implying SAR government could not do much.

    • But he added he had briefed Wen that his administration had taken measures such as the establishment of the Community Care Fund, the legislation of minimum wage, and transport subsidies for grass-roots residents to narrow the rich-poor gap.

    Questions

    • Wen’s remarks fails to take a holistic view on Hong Kong’s development. Hong Kong’s economic prosperity does not cling on a single industry.
    • The social problems are not solely determined by the global economy. It is co-produced locally by SAR government.


    週五 24 十二月 2010

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    Category

       Heritage Preservation

    Issue

    • Central Market Renovation

    News Content

    • Urban Renewal Authority spokesman Lawrence Yau said the 70-year-old Central Market will turn into an oasis in the concrete jungle of Central though it may end up over budget a bit. He said strengthen the building’s structure to support an area of greenery on its rooftop will add to cost, but he did not specify how much it will cost.
    • He said the URA would come up with three or four options for the market’s design in the first quarter of next year for public consultation.
    • And it was likely to attract bookstores or cafes.

    Questions

    • Green is hip or at least politically correct. But it is only part of the story, not the whole of it. It is important to remember it is a heritage preservation project. And when we are talking about heritage preservation, there should be something we really want to preserve. A piece of the past maybe. And questions follow.
    • Firstly, what particular piece of the past do we cherish? And who’s past? And how doest it link to the present? And how does it connect to the site, the central market? And how does it relate to the rooftop?
    • All the questions are unanswered or at least not very important in the eyes of the government. What an interesting project. We preserve for an unnamed past, present and future. And while preserving the site, we simply forget.


    週四 23 十二月 2010

    23 Dec 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       One Country, Two Systems Principle

    Issue

    • CE’s duty visit to Beijing

    News Content

    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang met President Hu Jintao yesterday at Zhangnanhai on the penultimate day of his duty visit to Beijing.
    • Hu said the central government positively appraises the enormous work done by Tsang and the SAR government in the past year. But Hu also called on the SAR government to actively respond to people’s wishes, making efforts to safeguard and improve people’s livelihood, so as to enhance social stability and harmony, pushing Hong Kong into new stages in various areas of development.
    • During the meeting, Tsang suggested four points to be included in the national blueprint for 2011 to 2015, which will be endorsed at the next annual session of the National People’s Congress in March. The four pointes are: positing HK as the nation’s top international financial centre; as a launchpad for Chinese business seeking entry to global markets; a hub for offshore renminbi business; and greater economic integration with the mainland, particularly with GD province – extending economic cooperation measures currently being implemented in GD to mainland municipalities.
    • Hu said: Hong Kong was welcome to raise discussion if there was any area in which there were insufficiencies on the implementation of Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement.

    Questions

    • Is the political reform settled? It is not. Hu’s relief is not grounded. Or Hu is shaping the public opinion, making people feel that political reform is no longer an issue.
    • Tsang’s work on narrowing rich-poor gap is not satisfying.

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