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Sunday's by-election ; Affordable housing ; Can you trust charity collectors? (14 May 2010)

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Call it a by-election, call it a referendum, people will be going out to vote on the Sunday after our broadcast. The government and the pro-Beijing parties are playing it down. Others are determined to get as many out to vote as possible. Pro-establishment forces are remaining mum on the issue. We asked Legco president Tsang Yok-sing for an interview. His assistant said he has “no plan to take any interview over the by-elections issue.” We asked the DAB, the Liberal Party, and a couple of those who designate themselves independents. No luck there either. Maybe if they don’t talk about it, it will go away. However, in our studio and willing to talk about the by-elections are Edward Yam, Convenor of Speak Up HK, and Joseph Cheng, Professor of Political Science at City University.Amid the growing public demand for resuming sales of HOS flats, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng recently wrote in a Chinese-language newspaper that although the government has the responsibility to make sure everyone has somewhere to live, it has no obligation to ensure every family has its own property. She also said that the Home Ownership Scheme is not the only option for first time buyers, and questioned whether taxpayers’ money should be used to help people become flat owners. But the administration says it will revisit its flat policyIf you have any spare cash after paying your mortgage or rent, you may consider giving a little to charity. But there seem to be more and more people asking for donations on the streets these days. And how do you know if any of them are genuine?

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2010
Station: 
RTHK
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