Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Quote of the Day: Tung Chee-hwa

Tung Chee-hwa was "shocked" to hear a woman's housing plight - really?
Hong Kong elites are really out of touch with reality.

We have the Financial Secretary claiming that paying HK$12,000 a month for a dishwasher is outrageous, when in reality no one is willing to do this tough job and so the wage has to be that high or even higher.

And now we have our former chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa very surprised at how expensive housing is in Hong Kong.

Hello? Do we not live in the same city?

Grandpa Tung now runs Our Hong Kong Foundation, a think tank. And he said he was "shocked" when a woman told him she planned to buy a 170-square foot home for more than HK$3 million for her family of three.

"It was shocking to me -- a small flat to live in does have a negative effect on a person's dignity," he said, recalling the encounter with her when he was strolling around The Peak.

"I think people in Hong Kong are facing a difficult choice," he said. "Should we make sacrifices to have a more decent life?"

Uh yeah, but that's the reality of the situation.

These government officials (and former ones) are working for us, the taxpayers, and yet these bureaucrats are completely clueless about how difficult it is to buy a decent-sized flat.

They obviously don't visit the everyday man to see what challenges they are going through, let alone care.

And they wonder why the Umbrella Movement exploded impromptu last October?

Instead they are condescending towards young Hong Kong people, telling them to temper their rebelliousness, and that more Communist doctrine will keep them in line.

Being completely out of touch with what's really going on is going to be the Hong Kong government's downfall -- its arrogance and preference for the rich and powerful will further increase the wealth gap.

The government can very easily impose regulations on the minimum size of flats, or that developers must build a certain number of low-income flats, but it doesn't, citing Hong Kong is a capitalist society.

But we need more low-income housing for people. They need decent places to live in. Cramped quarters like what Tung said, is a detriment to one's psychological outlook.

For Tung to realize this now is sad and pathetic.

We need help now and fast.

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