Group condemns calls for OWP reduction

Apple Daily: Calls for OWP reduction criticized as discriminatory

Source: Apple Daily

Source: Apple Daily

Yesterday, a concern group for cross-border families criticized Legislators Gary Fan and Claudia Mo, along with Green Sense chairman Roy Tam, for their joint statement calling for a reduction in the One-Way Permit daily quota and the transfer of OWP approval authority to the Hong Kong government, which the concern groups claimed was discriminatory. The group demanded that the three public apologize for discriminating against “new Hongkongers”, and threatened to appeal to the Equal Opportunities Commission next week. The concern group believes that reducing the OWP quota will increase the separation time of cross-border families.

Roy Tam et al. issued a joint statement yesterday, stating that they will not retract their demands for reducing the OWP quota, and argued that the concern group was abusing the term “discrimination”. They claim their earlier “anti-assimilation, anti-red, anti-land grab” advertisement is simply to make the public aware of CY Leung’s “blind rush” policy, in hopes that the public will care about Hong Kong’s population policy. OWP arrivals number over 700,000 since the handover and are a great upwards force on Hong Kong’s population count: this is a fact beyond all doubt.

The statement also claimed that Hong Kong has no clear population policy objectives nor the power to implement them. When it comes to immigration control, Hong Kong is less autonomous than Macau or even some PRC provinces. The statement claimed that the OWP policy is outdated and easily arouses local resentment.

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