9th February, 2014
Worries HK Turns into China’s Supermarket, Concern Group Urges to Impose Limit on Individual Visit Scheme
At City Forum on 9th February, Roy Tam Hoi-pong, Convener, Population Policy Concern Group, said that the government’s policy has turned Hong Kong into a supermarket to China, and made the people of Hong Kong feel that their home no longer belongs to them. Tam urges the government to limit the number of “tourists” from China via “individual visit scheme”.
At the forum, Li Pang-kwong, Director, Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University, said that there are around 15,000 undergraduate spaces for Hong Kong local students each year, but the supply is far behind the demand. Out of all the government subsidised university school places, 10% are taken up by students from China. Li thinks that the government must invest more resources into increasing the number of school places. Geng Chunya, Chairman of Hong Kong Association of Mainland Graduates, said that Chinese students are the source of Hong Kong’s human resources but he also admitted that there are problems with the “individual visit scheme”, and said that “I have not been to Mong Kok for five years because there are too many people.”