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A Lame Duck Government?; What Next for the Civil Service? Shopping Malls Go Upmarket (27 Apr 2012)


Chief Executive Donald Tsang tells us that all is going smoothly for the transition from his administration to that of Leung Chun-ying. But Mr Leung’s vision for Hong Kong is different, some policies have already been reversed, and the current administration is, in many ways, beginning to look like one of those famed ducks with a mobility problem .In recent days there’s been civil service consternation over Leung Chun-ying’s hiring of an individual from the mainland for his transition team in preference to local candidates. The worries over Donald Tsang’s acceptance of certain perks concerned some civil servants more, and it now looks as though the civil service will be restructured. So where does that leave civil service governance and morale? With us in the studio is blogger and commentator Shiu Lik-king. Does the old mom and pop store have a hope in Hades of existing in the future? Property prices keep going up, and that includes commercial rents. Shopping malls seem to be nothing more than a mass of chain stores that you find all over Hong Kong. And smaller businesses, that can’t afford the higher rents, and don't fit the brave new world, are finding themselves squeezed out.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2012
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