Date
23 September 2017
Young college graduates are among the most dissatisfied with the Hong Kong government, according to a recent survey. Photo: AFP
Young college graduates are among the most dissatisfied with the Hong Kong government, according to a recent survey. Photo: AFP

Leung seen focusing on young people in 2015 policy address

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is expected to tackle disaffection among young people in his policy address in January, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Leung has been seeking ideas from lawmakers and the public regarding his 2015 initiatives.

A recent survey showed young people with higher education are among the most dissatisfied with the government.

Leung has said the government needs to do more for them, the report said.

These expectations come amid democracy protests, largely driven by students, which have entered their sixth week.

Leung advisers and some pro-establishment politicians want him to promote education and foster young people’s sense of identity and knowledge of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution.

Others suggest a stronger push for housing for the younger generation by increasing supply.

Our Hong Kong Foundation, a newly launched think tank led by Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong’s first post-colonial leader, said it will help address issues faced by young people.

Kaizer Lau, chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services and a member of the think tank, said the Housing Authority should offer young people up to 48-month pre-sale of housing units.   

Liberal Party vice chairman Vincent Fang said the government should increase efforts to help young people buy their home and start their own business.

Meanwhile, New People’s Party leader Regina Ip said liberal studies for secondary schools should be made elective instead of compulsory to allow students more choices from Chinese and world history to literature.

Pro-China lawmakers have blamed the liberal studies curriculum for creating an anti-China mindset among high school students.

Twenty-three pan-democrats have decided not to take part in Leung’s policy address consultations.

Convenor Alan Leong said the decision came after Leung refused to meet the pan-democrat camp as a whole, the report said. 

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