News roundup

Screenshot from SCMP, 17 Sept 2013

Screenshot from SCMP, 17 Sept 2013

Busy time in local politics, no?

As one can see, two of the articles above have to do with mainlanders’ increasing presence in Hong Kong, both as visitors and as residents.  The article on immigration bluntly points out that mainland immigrants since 1997 now make up a full ten percent of Hong Kong’s population, and that Hong Kong has no say in who these people are, meaning that even convicted killers are being allowed into Hong Kong.

As for Leung and Beijing’s reaction to British foreign office minister Hugo Swire’s comments on Hong Kong democracy, I don’t see why China needs to act so threatened.  By reacting at all, China is only proving the validity of Swire’s position.  Which is, by the way, very tame.  Thus far, no foreign government has come even close to saying the truth: China is actively DESTROYING Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.

But nothing takes the cake like the article regarding Hong Kong’s police chief, which contains the golden quote: “You cannot do something simply because it’s not illegal.”

In non-SCMP news, Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung claims that mainlanders are not the cause of Hong Kong’s housing problems, and that the rate of population growth in Hong Kong was relatively slow, and was “less than that of New York, Singapore, and major mainland cities”.  He convienently forgets that mainland cities don’t have to worry about space issues, not being confined to a fixed area like Hong Kong is.  As for Singapore, at least they have the ability to change their policies if ever they do run out of space.  Hong Kong’s policies are dictated by Beijing.

Meanwhile, regarding Paul Chan’s suggestion that Hong Kong could reallocate some of its country park land for housing, it turns out that such nefarious acts are already taking place in Hong Kong.  The House News reports that Small House Policy villas are being built in Plover Cove Country Park.  Never mind that the villagers who applied to build in the area will probably never live there, instead having already made under-the-table deals to sell their Small House Policy rights to property developers.

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