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Hong Kong: CE's policy address

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Yesterday (Oct 12), the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, Donald Tsang defended his second policy address in the legislative council. The selection of next CE will be 8 months later, although it is very likely that Donald Tsang will continue his term for another 5 years. The whole process was broadcasted on major T.V channels. Let's see how the local bloggers react to his policy.

Environment

Confide in me feels that the CE is blaming the citizens while letting the corporates to get away with pollution problem:

作為一個小市民,看完施政報告,有以下感覺:將污染的責任全數推到香港市民,由其是車主、貨車業界身上。對於巴士公司、電力公司這些巨型污染源,甚至真正的超巨大污染源(中國大陸的工廠),沒有有效的措施控制。藍天?Are you kidding me?

As an ordinary citizen, after reading the policy address, I have the following feelings: the responibility of pollution is put on the shoulders of Hong Kong citizens, especially car owners or lorries drivers. However, there is no control over giant pollution sources, such as bus companies, electric companies, as well as the super giant origin of pollution (factories in mainland China). Blue sky? Are you kiddding me?

Can you hear me is very frustrated:

施政報告廢到爆, 環保又係空談, 膠袋稅又無影, 廢物回收卻要收費? 有無攪x錯呀!’ 算把啦, 唔算都要算架啦, 無計啦. ‘麻鷹唔管管雞仔…

The policy address is really rubbish, it's all empty words again concerning environmental issue. There is no mentioning of plastic bag tax, on the other hand, it decides to collect fee for recycling! What a nonsense! Let it be… What else can we do? Let it be. They don't target at the eagles but the chicks…

Education

The policy of education coupon is to encourage more birth. Father's world said that it would help to relieve the parent's burden:

生多幾個BB啦!阿煲呔係昨日的施政報告話,仔女讀非牟利幼稚園可以有一萬元的學費券資助。一萬蚊,如果搵間普普通通的幼稚園,都大概有一半的資助,算幾好的了。

Have more babies! Bow tie (Donald Tsang's nickname) said in the policy address yesterday that for those who have kids in non-profitable kindergarten could get HKD$10 thousands edcuation coupon. Well, 10 thousands, if it is an average kindergarten, then it can subsidy half of the school fee, not bad.

Minimum wage

Let yesterday go criticises the CE attitude towards minimum wage:

特首對工資最低水平的方案依然沒有立法的意欲. 新聞報導訪問一位工資很低平均要做的12小時的女人, 女人的每小時人工只有16左右. 女人說自己工作得很辛苦,養活不了一家4口…

The CE still doesn't want to have legislation on minimum wage. A news report had interviewed a woman, who have to work for 12 hours a day and her hourly wage is just HKD$16 (US$2). The woman said that although she had work very hard, she could not afford the living expense of her 4 members’ family…

Democracy

Christian alliance for democracy is disappointed with the missing of election reform in the policy address:

對於這個重要的議題,施政報告再沒有作進一步的討論。它只表明這個問題將交由策發會討論,並將會在明年作出總結。 行政長官指出,由於他餘下的任期有限,必需實事求是而非好高騖遠。可是,忽略影響深遠的政制發展,是務實的表現嗎?

Such an important agenda has no further discussion on the policy address. It just said that the issue would be discussed in the Commission of Strategic Development and have a conclusion next year. The Chief executive pointed out that because his term would be short (8 months), he need to be practical not far fetching. However, what's the relation between being practical and ignoring the governance and political development?

photos from HKSAR government

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