Providers of government-subsidized adult education courses – aimed at spurring a knowledge-based economy – have been advertising their classes as preparation for emigration…
The [Audit] commission cited one case where a course provider had marketed its education services to people hoping to work as electricians and plumbers after emigrating to the United Kingdom.
(If it’s any help, the government launched the funding scheme 20 years ago as a response to globalization.)
A business-related lawmaker called Jimmy Ng notes that the labour force in Hong Kong has dropped by some 140,000 in the last two years. There are lots of stats covering various time periods and/or age groups, and of course various ideas on which factors – aging, emigration or plain ennui – are the main causes. But it looks at least like a drop of maybe one in 20 of the overall working-age population, and more like one in 12 for the 20s-30s segment.
Legislator Jimmy asks officials to ‘mend [the] social rift and create a relatively relaxed and tolerant political environment’ to reduce emigration. Radical stuff for today’s LegCo (other members dragged NatSec into the adult education fuss). The Labour Secretary replies that…
…Chief Executive John Lee will continue to lead efforts to unite and motivate all sectors of the community, resolve economic and livelihood conflicts, develop a sense of national identity and strengthen communication with the people.
I guess that’s a ‘no’.
A pointed HKFP op-ed on the removal of a pair of banners supporting gay participants in Saturday’s Hong Kong street marathon…
No good story here. Hong Kong is better than this. Or is it?
Best not answer that.