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  1. The Hong Kong government should be thankful to the firms that hire workers over the age of 65, which is a service to society. However, the government does not support such employers with wage subsidies under the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) if these senior citizens do not have a Mandatory Provident Fund account.Why should the ESS not support firms that employ elderly workers?Say a firm hired a 66-year-old in 2010 and that person is still in employment. The firm is ready to prove that: the…
  2. Allen Carlson comes across very tamely in his portrayal of China (“Three reasons China’s assertiveness threatens Asia’s peace and stability”, July 4) when he refers to its “increasing assertiveness.” The English language has no shortage of descriptive vocabulary, so it’s not clear why he chose to come down on the side of “lame” in describing China’s actions like “throwing its weight around in the South China Sea” as assertive.I have noted that the Communist Party itself and some of its…
  3. Even before the onset of Covid-19, the world was failing in its commitment to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. The UNAids new global report, “Seizing the moment: tackling entrenched inequalities to tackle epidemics”, shows that there were 690,000 Aids-related deaths in 2019 and 1.7 million new infections – far from the global targets of fewer than 500,000 deaths and 500,000 new infections a year set for 2020.This is unacceptable when we have medicines to keep people living with HIV alive and well,…
  4. Your resident inky-fingered, sardonic recorder of the inanities of life in our fair city, Harry Harrison, has always made me smile and often laugh out loud. His work lightens the gloom each morning and provides much needed food for thought.However, his best work, the cartoon on July 3, was one that raised no laughter at all. It provided ample material for consideration of the situation in which we now find ourselves.The reasons we have arrived at this situation are now less important than the…
  5. The most baffling point of the national security law is that Hongkongers, the key stakeholders, were left completely uninformed of any details before being informed of its passage, which makes it absolutely unacceptable. If this is not authoritarian or totalitarian, tell me what is.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor herself said she was not clear about the law as she didn’t have the details, yet she urged the public to support it before its passage. How could one show approval of…
  6. A Chinese-language newspaper recently reported on a brief survey carried out on the waiting time for calls to crisis hotlines, publicising how the agencies performed in terms of effectiveness. The results varied widely, with some agencies responding within a minute and one failing to answer the call despite three attempts. The results and ranking can give rise to concern regarding the service provided by such hotlines. As an internationally renowned and widely published scholar on clinical…
  7. Dear Boris Johnson,Thank you for magnanimously proposing eventual British citizenship to British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong and their dependants.The Chinese central government passed the national security law in Hong Kong on June 30, within a fortnight of announcing their intention to do so. Now that the political statement has been made, it will be helpful if the UK, too, releases to Hong Kong residents a clear road map to this citizenship and details of the proposal and…
  8. A new era has dawned in Hong Kong. Perhaps the only good news is that there were no new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for at least 17 days. But all sorts of news, speculation and hearsay plagues the city and my ears. As someone graduating this year, I am filled with despair and pessimism.In the past weeks, I have had the chance to talk to people from different walks of life. Much of the “news” and “facts” thrown across the room had never been heard of by the other side. Based on what they…
  9. The Social Welfare Department recently introduced new guidelines on “Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for multidisciplinary Cooperation (Revised 2020).” We at Viva Hong Kong are glad to see these changes which aim to boost cooperation among different professional organisations and enhance awareness of safeguarding children.Originally, the guide was called “Procedural Guide for Handling Child Abuse Cases.” This could give rise to a misconception that only severe abuse…
  10. History repeats itself. It was 86 years ago that the Chinese red army started their long march to escape from Chiang Kai-shek’s troops. A year later, they finally reached Yanan, Shaanxi. That journey was an important turning point for the Chinese communists.Now, decades on, Chinese listed companies in the US are doing something similar – fleeing from the increasingly hostile political and regulatory environment in America. But whether Hong Kong could be their Yanan is uncertain.Even in better…