We expect that the new Chief Executive will defend “One Country, Two Systems” and fight against “Hong Kong independence.” He or she has to work for social harmony and promote mutual tolerance and understanding to the general public. He or she must improve the relationship between Hong Kong and the Mainland. He or she will also have to improve the relationship between the Legislature and both the Executive and the general public, and implement a truly virtuous Democracy. He or she should restart the political reform process, ensure social stability and follow the traditions of the rule of law, and use their vision to proactively create a new path out of our current difficulties.
We expect that when the new Chief Executive and the government plan to develop the economy, it must hold to the standard of “development for the people” and aim to raise their standard of living. We hope that the new Chief Executive could adjust his or her attitude to our financial reserves and be ready to use the funds to reduce the gap between rich and poor. It should set up and prepare an accurate assessment of its earnings, and be especially ready to help those who have difficulty participating in our economy, and should share the fruits of development with the general public.
We hope and expect that the new Chief Executive will ensure Hong Kong’s economy by looking to the outside world and depending on our nation when needed, becoming the “Super connector” between world markets. We should proactively lean on Hong Kong’s unique institutions and advantages, increase our overall competitiveness and press forward on economic development.
Political and Administrative Issues
Work for Mutual Trust between Hong Kong and the Mainland
1.Proactively encourage Legco councilors communicate with their Mainland counterparts, and strengthen mutual trust between the two sides through regular contact and dialogue.
Establish an online platform and be open to communication from the people
2.We should establish an online platform where the C.E. and other government officials could communicate directly with the general public. At the same time as we set up this platform, we should broadcast government policies and collect, organize and analyze advice from the public. This establishes a new way to communicate with the people.
Give Comprehensive Publicity about the Basic Law
3.Review the parts of the Basic Law pertaining to educational policy and highlight the relationship between both “One Country” and “Two Systems”. At the same time as we give more power to the public, we have to let the people know their responsibilities to the country. As the main body that reviews and executes the Basic Law, the various government officials should not only increase their understanding of the drafting history, the documents and the legal meaning of the Basic Law, they should also cooperate and exchange with officials and constitutional experts on the Mainland. This will eliminate the differences in their interpretations of the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems”.
Implement Article 23 in a suitable manner
4.Implementing Article 23 of the Basic Law is the constitutional responsibility of the government. It is a method to control and counter the effectiveness of activities that promote “Hong Kong independence”. After a thorough consultation of views from all parts of society and operating under a broad consensus on the issue, we should handle the implementation of Article 23 at an appropriate time and use the law to deal with treason and actions that harm the territorial integrity of our country and its security.
Learn the Development of our Nation and Participate in National Affairs
5.Encourage our youth to hold exchanges with the Mainland and consider or participate in volunteer work and to become more connected to their roots in our nation. We should teach the sense of belonging that comes with being a citizen of our country, and this will help develop the potential of our youth to help develop our country and Hong Kong. At the same time, we ask for the Mainland to adjust its own policy and allow qualified Hong Kong people to become Civil Servants and attain positions in State Enterprises. This will allow them to participate in National Affairs on a large scale.
Restart Political Reform and move towards universal suffrage
6.Strengthen mutual trust and communication between different sectors of society and proactively seek a societal consensus on this issue. By following the Basic Law and through the approval of the SCNPC, we should restart the political reform process and ensure that we will use universal suffrage to choose our C.E. by 2022. This will make the office of C.E. more acceptable to the public. At the same time we should make preparations to enact universal suffrage for Legco elections by 2024.
Invite the general public to discuss policy
7.Establish platforms aimed at various sectors of society and create small groups that are chosen by a strictly objective method from the general public. These groups will first understand a government policy, then they will enter into a deep discussion and reflection on the policy in question, and only then will they express advice or suggestions on the issue to send to the policymaker. This new kind of advisory system for monitoring public opinion will help develop democracy in a better way, helping birth a Quality Democracy.
Increase the powers of the District Councils and improve governance
8.Allow district councilors to develop and manage facilities in their own districts and reduce government micro-management, and strengthen their supervision of policy implementation and district affairs. Provided added support to District Councils such as establishing a “community construction fund” and help implement and construct the facilities and proposals passed in the District Councils.
Reform the Advisory process and attract talented people
9.Reforming the advisory process and advisory boards will improve the transparency of and public trust in the policymaking process. Therefore, on the principle of “meritocracy”, we should appoint relevant and suitable stakeholders, professionals, academics and the public to join the advisory bodies at all levels to accurately assess public opinion, absorb different views, optimize policy content and strengthen governance capacity.
Protect Frontline law enforcement officers
10.Research and implement the laws against lawbreakers wearing masks in foreign countries. Legislation that protects frontline law enforcement officers from facing humiliation should be enforced in a way that fits the situation in Hong Kong, this will help preserve law and order in society.
Livelihood and Welfare policy
Loosen the Asset threshold for the OALA and allow seniors to apply without financial review
11.The government should lower the age of eligibility for the Old Age Allowance to 65 years of age and allow seniors 65 and above to receive the funds without any financial review. Also, it should set separate asset limits for the OALA and the “high tier of assistance OALA” to $800,000 and $300,000 respectively, in order that more seniors may receive the benefits.
Free up and reform the tax system to ease the burden on the middle class
12.Lower the tax rate for residential units occupied by the owners themselves, and waive it entirely for retired seniors in this situation. Broaden the marginal tax bands for salary tax and reduce the marginal tax rate for each band. Also, enact rent deductions, lower the fee for hiring housekeepers and lower tax rates to alleviate the tax burden on the middle class.
Set up a comprehensive policy to support ethnic minorities
13.We should invite ethnic minority organizations to help us draft a comprehensive policy to support ethnic minorities. This will target the difficulties ethnic minorities face in language barriers, education, employment, housing and receiving any social benefits they are entitled to. We should announce measures to solve these issues and help minorities integrate into society, improving their quality of life and chances at social mobility.
Establish a high level “Committee on Social Mobility”
14.Increase the abilities and status of the “Commission on poverty” and change the name to “Committee on social mobility”. The new committee will be headed by the Chief Executive in person and will be responsible on researching ways to improve social mobility for the middle and working classes and different age groups through policy and tax reform means. This will help ensure social stability, harmony and prosperity. Concurrently the committee should be responsible for intra-bureau cooperation and supervision to achieve the goals it sets out to achieve in a coordinated manner and implement its various policies “on the ground”, so to speak.
Connect the plans to speed up construction of public housing to the plan to reduce the time spent on the public housing waitlist
15.Review and tailor the long term housing strategy, expand the construction of Public Housing in order that people on the public housing waitlist can reduce their waiting time to three years or less, fulfilling the requirements of the long term housing strategy. At the same time, Hong Kong permanent residents should receive and retain priority for receiving a Public Housing unit.
Construct new residential units and re-emphasize the TPS
16.Speed up the construction of new residential units by increasing funding and housing choice, such as the construction of houses, “green form units”, and pushing for the TPS. On top of this, the government should re-emphasize building for the “Sandwich Class”, building private homes, mixed developments and so on. Construct various kinds of housing in order that residents with varying income levels and circumstances can get on the property ladder.
Establish “Dual-landlord social enterprises” to create short term housing supply
17.Through the waiver of real estate prices, encourage subsidized homeowners who have not paid the necessary premium to convert their residential units and rooms into rented housing at below market price, creating “dual-landlord social enterprises.” Reserve these social enterprises to administer the units and rent them to people from the grassroots.
Provide rent subsidies to grassroots residents
18.Provide rent subsidies to grassroots residents who have been on the public housing waitlist for over three years as a transitional support measure in order to ease the burden on them having to rent private housing.
Establish a “Building Maintenance Bureau”
19.The government should establish a “building maintenance bureau” and invite the Buildings Department, the Urban Authority, the ICAC, the Police and the Home Affairs Department and related bureaus to provide professional advice and support to building owners who wish to renovate their buildings in order that they could better resist bid-rigging on building maintenance contracts.
Review the MTRC’s fare adjustment procedures
20.Review the MTRC’s fare adjustment procedures, and in this equation take into account the profit-linked “profitability index”. Establish a “fare rebate fund” and allow all passengers to enjoy the benefits of such fare rebates. Increase the subsidies to customers provided by the “profit-sharing mechanism. The fines imposed on the MTRC by the “Service performance arrangement” should also be factored into the fare adjustment fund. Finally, the government should set up the annual dividend into a Fare Stabilization fund, offsetting the increase in fares.
Improve the Competition Ordinance
21.Optimize and improve the Competition Ordinance by introducing direct private litigation mechanisms which will save time and provide more channels for SMEs to get justice.
Support family values by gradually increasing the number of Statutory Holidays
22.We should promote family-friendly policies such as: consult with labour and management and employ a step-by-step approach to include all public holidays outside Sundays as paid statutory holidays. We should promote a five-day working day to increase family time and to set up a “Family Social Fund” . We should also promote the “International Family Day” to urge the community to maintain family values.
Encourage pregnancies by means of providing support and financial incentives
23.Establish various financial and other incentives to encourage local women to give birth. This includes: Increasing medical and financial support provided to prospective mothers. Increase the number of childcare services in each district and research the implementation of both a childcare allowance and medical vouchers for children in order to alleviate the financial burden on the families. Also study how to implement a government-funded “Baby Fund” for newborn infants and their families, and through sound investment strategy and management save assets for the next generation. Also study the impact of 10 weeks of paid childcare leave for new mothers, and increase the 3 days given to men to 5 days. This will allow working parents to have more time for pre-natal and post-natal care for their infants.
Provide government facilities and resources to implement support for early childhood education
24.Establish a long term plan to support early childhood education, kindergartens and public schools through reforming the standards set down in the “Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines.” Lower the amount of rent paid by schools that have a long term effect on their finances. At the same time, we should establish a professional career ladder for kindergarten and preschool teachers. We should provide more support to whole day and long whole day preschools and improve the quality of preschool teaching.
Establish a fund for developing Elderly Service Homes worth 10 billion HKD
25.Establish a “RCHE development fund” worth 10 billion HKD, allow qualified privately owned elderly service homes to receive one-off or continuing grants to comprehensively raise the level of facilities and services on offer in such service homes. This is in line with the SWD’s “Enhanced Bought Place Scheme” that provides grants to private elderly residential care homes and helps fund Research and development of health care for the elderly. The ultimate aim is to provide financial assistance to the unique care needs of the elderly in an aging Hong Kong of the future.
Expand the number of professionals in the medical system and improve the quality of care
26.Proactively expand the number of medical professionals into the public health system, including attracting Hong Kong doctors who graduated overseas or medical students who return to Hong Kong to practice. Have public hospitals hire more doctors and medical professionals from overseas in order to deal with the shortage of personnel in the short term. In the long term, we should support the establishment of local medical schools and train up medical teams and professionals locally.
Establish a Re-allocation mechanism with the Mainland for new Hong Kong residents of Mainland origin
27.Work with the Central Government to establish a re-allocation mechanism whereupon in handing out one-way migration permits for Mainlanders migrating to Hong Kong, it will temporarily retain the Hukou of the migrant on the mainland for several years. If in that timeframe the migrant could not adjust to life in Hong Kong, there will still be a way for them to apply for their original Hukou on the Mainland and return to live there. As for the children who lack both the Mainland Hukou and Hong Kong residency, they and other Hong Kong residents can follow the procedures set out for Taiwanese living on the Mainland and formulate specific mechanisms for the return of Hong Kong residents to the Mainland where applicable.
Set up and implement a policy regarding climate change
28.Formulate and implement a policy for Hong Kong to deal with climate change, such as gradually reducing emissions from power plants and building facilities that can turn waste into energy. We should increase the use of alternate energy sources and make Hong Kong’s buildings more energy-efficient, while promoting the judicious use of resources. We should reduce the “heat island” screen effect through careful urban planning, promote the use of transport powered by low carbon sources and encourage more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Enhance the ability of Hong Kong to weather and mitigate the effects of climate change
Set up “Animal police” and enact an “Animal Welfare Act”
29.Set up an “animal police” team to investigate cases of animal abuse and neglect. Enhance the training of front-line law enforcement personnel to deal with cases of animal abuse in an effective and vigilant manner. We should also establish an “animal abuse hotline” and research and integrate existing animal protection laws and regulations in order to develop an “Animal Welfare Act” that is consistent with international trends and public expectations.
Find new foreign business opportunities dug up by the Belt and Road Initiative
30.Seize the opportunities provided by “one belt, one road” and related plans from the “Thirteenth Five-year plan” of the PRC and other national-level initiatives to help develop various industries in Hong Kong. Entrepreneurs, creators and professionals should use this opportunity to sell their goods and services to the Mainland and foreign markets in order to grow their portfolios and business. At the same time, we should communicate with the business sector and government officials in the countries involved and specifically and proactively set up work experience and internship opportunities for our young people.
31.Turn Hong Kong into an important investment and financing platform for the Belt and Road initiative. Make Hong Kong an attractive tourist paradise along by setting up economic, trade and professional service centres. Use our local branding to open up business and henceforth diversify Hong Kong’s local industry and economy. This will accelerate our transformation.
Strengthen the cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland
32.Hong Kong and the Mainland should cooperate to develop an Intellectual Property Service Centre, in order that new technological innovations, products and industries could be certified, registered and valuated, as well as providing services for arbitration and mediation where necessary. On top of that, we should press Hong Kong to implement a platform that connects the Hong Kong and Mainland markets to the foreign market and manages Intellectual property. We should also conduct an annual China Intellectual Property Import and Export Fair in Hong Kong.
33.As the RMB is incorporated into the SDR, we should react to the requests from customers and stakeholders and set up institutions and products to deal with the new reality. Turn Hong Kong into an offshore RMB financial centre for Development, Asset and risk management for the RMB.
34.Develop a market that covers cross-border transactions between the Mainland and Hong Kong’s over-the-counter and exchange markets. It will also take care of trust settlement, clearing and settlement of bond market interconnection mechanisms, thus allowing overseas financial institutions and institutional investors to invest in China’s bond market. This should be based on the further expansion of general corporate conditions and the conditions of individual investors who wish to invest in China’s bond market.
35.Gradually have the financial markets in Hong Kong and the Mainland recognize and respect each other’s regulations through the Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme (MRF). This recognition should be extended to banks, insurance products so that the markets can mutually integrate. We should also allow Hong Kong small and medium securities firms and insurance institutions to operate on the Mainland.
Diversify our Industrial Structure
36.Encourage the development and creation of new industries through tax incentives and favourable land and immigration policies. This includes technological innovation and cultural creativity, new agricultural industries and an industry for Chinese medicine. This will diversify our industrial structure.
37.Advocate the “Integrated Agricultural and fishery development scheme”, including developing new measures to reform and dismantle outdated legislation to remove the roadblocks from this project. This scheme will help improve the food supply channel for Hong Kong. At the same time we should enact the “natural disasters protection mechanism for the agriculture and fisheries industry” and improve the “Emergency Relief Fund” into the “Emergency Relief mechanism” so that farmers and fishermen and women who are affected by large scale natural disasters can receive some protection and continue to help develop their respective industries.
Support Small and Medium-level enterprises (SMEs)
38.Broaden the boundaries of the current Small and Medium Enterprises Committee to be chaired and coordinated by the Financial Secretary. This will affect the development of SMEs in Hong Kong and will provide ideas and proposals to help them. This includes policy, legal, funding and technological means to improve the business environment for SMEs. SMEs can then “demolish the obstacles” in their way and improve their competitiveness with such support.
39.Try to encourage entrepreneurism for residents and especially young people via policy incentives, funding subsidies and financial assistance to get their businesses off the ground.
Proactively encourage technological and scientific innovation
40.Get the official, educational, production and research branches to cooperate and invest heavily in technological innovation through tax incentives, sharing data and through government procurement policies. At the same time, the bureau must select the prospects of scientific and technological development that will truly benefit society in an efficient manner, and directly invest and develop those prospective areas.
41.Establish a dedicated department to coordinate the development and construction of a “smart city.” This should include the establishment of a complete communications and network infrastructure and encouraging public and private institutions to adopt or introduce new technologies in urban management or services. This department should also help cover and develop the improvement of data collection and data analysis systems, the opening of government data, enhancement of e-government services, and expansion of smart ID cards. They should encourage the development of SMEs and related technologies, services and industries while reducing its environmental footprint.
Find land to develop into residential units
42.We should proactively develop land and set up land reserves to turn into residential housing units, including sea reclamation (not Victoria Harbour), developing caves and underground spaces. We must set up an integrated plan to develop each district and concentrate on lands with little or low value, wastelands and others such as “green belts”, “unused agricultural land” and “brownfields.”
Reform the land compensation system
43.We should empower the Development Bureau to formulate a resettlement and compensation policy and allocate the relevant resettlement resources in a more efficient and equitable fashion. This should include allowing them to construct a resettlement unit within the planned development area and to rehouse the affected residents in accordance with the allocation criteria established by the Development Bureau themselves. Thus the Development Bureau can better meet the special needs of the region in a more humane manner and also avoid pulling in the Housing Authority or being dragged into placement disputes.
Educate and train up our talents
44.Allow thriving local industries such as the financial or logistics industries to develop talent supply data and training policies to avoid gaps in the industry or human resources mismatch, this will help upgrade our industrial transition and provide a foundation for Hong Kong to maintain global leadership in these fields.
45.Review our education policies, courses and procedures for accepting students into university. Find ways to stop the scourge of our culture of “exam sickness” or being overly obsessed by examinations in our school system. Find a way to enable and financially support local students to take IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) courses, providing more choices to parents and students according to their interests and talents.