Administration concerns all aspects of the HKSAR government, including the overall administration mindset that underpins the formulation, implementation and supervision of various government policy measures. Hong Kong needs to improve its administration to achieve good governance.
The general public is worrying that the “non-cooperation movement” initiated by the pan-democratic lawmakers is pushing the Legislative Council’s operation to the verge of paralysis. For the sake of social stability, there should be countervailing forces in the council to end filibustering.
In recent years, “nativism” has been teething in Hong Kong, with some people arguing that government policies must “put Hong Kong people first”. However, parochial “nativism” is indeed detrimental. Hong Kong’s economic foundation can be shaken if it closes the door and isolates itself.
With increasingly frequent socio-economic interactions and closer economic integration, it is inevitable to cause conflicts between Hong Kong and the Mainland due to differences in cultures and values. Since Hong Kong’s reunification with China, the Central Government has not only given tremendous support to Hong Kong but also introduced many measures to revitalize the city’s economy. Hong Kong has long been contributing to the country’s reform and opening up, while at the same time expanding its economic hinterland. Looking forward, Hong Kong should maximize its strengths by supporting and tapping into the Mainland’s array of reforms for better opportunities.
In recent years some parents use pushy and spoon-fed means to unleash their young kids’ potentials, making their children too preoccupied and overloaded than adults. Too demanding approaches not only deprive children of a happy, carefree childhood but restrain their potential and creativity. The pressing need of society is not a change in the way of education and training, but parents’ respect to the rights of children.
Hong Kong is busy with infrastructure development, but its construction industry is facing acute manpower shortage. Measures so far taken by the government and the industry are far from adequate. As a last resort, a simple yet efficient labour import mechanism is necessary to ensure the on-schedule completion of various public housing and infrastructure development projects.
“Academic freedom” must be upheld and defended. Yet, its true significance is often overlooked. Some universities and scholars in Hong Kong seem to have misconceptions about “academic freedom”. While pursuing “academic freedom”, they should also fulfil their education mission and social responsibilities.
The Chief Executive’s second Policy Address has put forward various initiatives to spur economic development. The Government is expected to promote more actively the growth of industries, such as finance, logistics, tourism and R&D, and take concrete steps to improve Hong Kong’s business environment and enhance competitiveness, gearing up the economy to fly high again.
Credit should be given to the Policy Address for its proactivity in alleviating poverty, helping the elderly and disadvantaged and improving education. Yet it put less focus on long-term economic development and support for the middle class and SMEs, failing to pursue people’s livelihood and the economy in tandem. While launching measures to alleviate poverty and raise land and housing supply, the Government should also pay heed to short and medium-term economic development.
Hong Kong is a pluralistic society of various aspirations. It is prevalent to hear the calling for returning the wealth to the people by making tax concessions or giving out money in a bid to improve people’s livelihood and support the disadvantaged and the poor. However, I can hardly agree on these viewpoints and proposals.