新民黨 回應 《2022年施政報告》日期︰2022 年 10 月 19 日
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New People’s Party’s Response to Policy Address 2022
Chief Executive Mr. John Lee Ka-chiu delivered his maiden Policy Address on October 19th. With the slogan “Charting a Brighter Tomorrow for Hong Kong”, the Policy Address contains eight sections and nearly 150 subsections discussing a range of topics concerning economic development and initiatives to improve livelihood. New People’s Party praises the Policy Address as comprehensive and of high quality, and expresses our thanks to the Chief Executive for adopting many of the Party’s recommendations.
Policy Address’ Comprehensiveness and High Quality
Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council, New People’s Party Chair, and Legislative Councillor Hon. Mrs. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has made the following response:
“The New People’s Party is pleased to hear the Chief Executive’s comprehensive and high-quality Policy Address. Firstly, the address responded to President Xi Jinping’s address at the meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland, where he discussed the four ‘expectations’ and four ‘hopes’ for Hong Kong. Under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, Hong Kong is able to fully display and utilise our unique advantages.”
Responding to Public Demands
“Secondly, the Chief Executive addressed various needs and demands expressed by our society, including land and housing, healthcare, elderly care, youth development, education, and more.”
“Furthermore, many of the recommendations in the Policy Address are ground-breaking. In particular, the Policy Address mentions upfront an enhancement of governance and management, within the civil service. All of the suggested measures are visionary.”
“We are delighted that Mr. Lee adopted many of our recommendations regarding the development of the Northern Metropolis. The establishment of the Hong Kong Investment Corporation Limited is highly visionary and ground-breaking, which I believe can allow the government to finance a range of infrastructural developments in the future. To conclude, we highly commend this year’s Policy Address.”
Mrs. Ip is also appreciative of the Chief Executive’s decision to adopt various recommendations proposed by New People’s Party, including development of the Northern Metropolis, strategies to actively pursue and recruit talented individuals, and allowing eligible overseas and mainland talents to apply for a refund of the Buyer's Stamp Duty and the New Residential Stamp Duty paid for the first residential property purchased. After visiting nine different locations in the Islands District, Mrs. Ip is convinced that there is potential for development in Lantau Island. We welcome the proposal in subsection 92 of the Policy Address that the government is “actively studying the development of about 1,000 hectares of the ‘Green Belt’ sites in the southern part of Lantau for eco‑tourism or recreation uses”.
Proactively Trawling for Talent & Giving Impetus to the Economy
Executive Vice Chair, Legislative Councillor Hon. Mr. Lai Tung-kwok comments: “We are glad the Chief Executive made significant progress in the Policy Address in terms of devising measures to attract talents to Hong Kong, while simultaneously addressing some of the more mainstream opinions many Hong Kong citizens have regarding how this city can truly trawl for more talent. Former Chief Executives approach policy passively, only responding to the demand when there is acute shortage. Contrastingly, the current administration takes a distinctively different attitude. In addition to new policies, the establishment of the Talents Service Unit and the Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises (OASES) is an active and assertive approach in recruiting global talent.”
Mr. Lai asserts that Hong Kong is in need of an economic transformation that requires new talent and investment. The Policy Address not only provides detail on how to trawl for talent, but just as importantly, on how to retain talent. He is glad the Chief Executive plans on establishing a one-stop unit, providing necessary support to talents. Providing incentives for talents to live and work in Hong Kong is crucial for Hong Kong’s economy.
Promoting Primary Healthcare
In regards to healthcare, Mr. Lai states: “We are delighted that Mr. Lee is prioritising primary healthcare to address the long-term medical needs of the Hong Kong population. This can significantly reduce the waiting time for public hospital and specialist medical services. This is certainly the right decision to make that can benefit an increasingly ageing population.”
Integration into National Development
Vice Chair, Legislative Councillor Hon. Ms. Eunice Yung Hoi-yan expresses the following: “This year’s Policy Address is not merely visionary and structured, it also differs from Policy Addresses of the past, as there is emphasis on pragmatism. We now have clear timetables for when each policy will be implemented, and I believe a clear roadmap can reassure the people of Hong Kong in terms of what lies ahead.”
“This Policy Address extensively discusses how Hong Kong can leverage the advantages of ‘One Country, Two Systems’. The Chief Executive stresses the importance of promoting the Constitution and the Basic Law. The renaming of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee to the Constitution and the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee is indicative of the government’s effort to promote the concept of ‘One Country’. I hope that this Policy Address can exemplify the endless opportunities provided by ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and the unique advantages that Hong Kong possesses in connecting with the world.”
“Regarding the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), the government will establish a Steering Group on Integration into National Development that will be chaired by the Chief Executive, with three Secretaries of Departments as deputies. As the Chair of the Subcommittee on Promoting Development of the GBA, I notice that the development of the GBA involves a wide range of issues, including cultural, innovation and technology, elderly care, education and many more aspects. Hence, the development of GBA will require the strong support of the Motherland. Hong Kong must closely cooperate with the mainland in various construction projects, particularly in the development of the Northern Metropolis.”
Ms. Yung concludes by saying: “In respect of the Northern Metropolis, the inclusion of commercial and leisure areas is a recommendation made by New People’s Party in the past. President Xi mentioned his hope for Hong Kong to help young people overcome difficulties in education, employment, business start-up, and home purchase. Hong Kong can now more actively integrate into national development while solidifying our status as an international business hub. We are pleased to see Mr. Lee provide legal and other relevant support to the development of GBA, and we hope that a wider population can enjoy the privileges and opportunities presented in this Policy Address.”
Supporting Reforms for the Civil Service
Legislative Councillor Hon. Mr. Dominic Lee Tsz-king calls the Policy Address practical and insightful. He is delighted that the address accepted New People’s Party’s recommendations, including his motion on reforming the civil service system that was ultimately passed. In addition to that, the Address proposed an update to the Civil Service Code, strengthening of the reward and punishment system, enhancing of both civil servant training as well as the existing mobilisation protocol, all of which are positively received by our Party. He believes reformation of the civil service system can allow the government to promptly and effectively manage future epidemics or pandemics.
In regard to land and housing, he states that state leaders, namely President Xi Jinping, Director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Xia Baolong, and Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Luo Huining, all had high expectations for Hong Kong to resolve its housing issues. He thinks the Policy Address’ targets of capping the waiting time for public rental housing (PRH) as well as setting a minimum size for newly-built flats are a testament to the government’s determination in fixing Hong Kong’s housing problems. The introduction of Light Public Housing is a ground-breaking concept, targeted at expediting the move into public housing for families living in subdivided units while maintaining the traditional PRH waiting system. He sincerely hopes that such policies can provide grassroots with an improved living condition.
Another creative policy, according to Hon. Mr. Dominic Lee, is the lowering of the compulsory sale application threshold for private buildings - the threshold for buildings aged 50 to 70 lowered to 70%, whereas threshold will be set at 60% for buildings older than 70 years. While New People’s Party supports this policy as it should effectively compress the time required for land production, he expressed concerns over whether developers will be given excessive bargaining power, which could undermine the interests of flat owners. The government should review how such possible disputes can be effectively managed.
Supporting Railway Projects
The Policy Address announces a number of transport infrastructure projects, including the Shatin bypass that connects Tai Po and Kowloon West - a recommendation made by New People’s Party. This will provide an alternative route connecting New Territories East to the urban areas, while simultaneously alleviating traffic pressure on Tolo Highway. New People’s Party will continue to push for more infrastructure projects that can benefit grassroots and improve livelihoods.
Comprehensive Care for People of All Ages, Building A Liveable City
Legislative Councillor Hon. Ms. Judy Chan Kapui commented that this year’s Policy Address fulfilled President Xi’s “people-centred” philosophy that he spoke of during his 20th National Congress address. Ms. Chan finds the Policy Address both innovative and effective in caring for people of all ages. The proposed prevention-focused primary healthcare system for an ageing population, enhancement in the role of Chinese medicine, and the expansion of medical voucher coverage are all policies that can tremendously benefit the elderly.
The Address also extensively discusses youth development, specifically working opportunities and entrepreneurial support for the youth in GBA. Furthermore, Ms. Chan is particularly concerned about child abuse cases in Hong Kong. To address shortfalls in manpower shortage and lack of professional accreditation, the Address proposes policies for child protection, especially strengthening of law-enforcing inspections in a view to preventing similar events from recurring. Ms. Chan is pleased to see increased efforts to promote STEAM education at primary and secondary school levels.
In addition, Ms. Chan is glad the Policy Address is ramping up efforts to promote mental health awareness, as well as increasing funding for the Women’s Commission from $4 million to $10 million per annum. The government’s further efforts in developing Hong Kong into a liveable city, moving towards carbon neutrality, and setting up Care Teams in the Southern District should be met with close coordination with local districts to ensure seamless and effective deliverance.