Written by: Liu Jinhua
2020-01-26 13:14Last updated: 2020-01-26 13:14
Members of the National People's Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) today (26th) went to the government headquarters to petition the government on the "Budget", which involved five suggestions on social welfare and youth policies.
Member of the Democratic People ’s Association of Tuen Mun District Councillor Zhen Shaonan suggested that the government should provide working youth under 30 with a median income of Hong Kong to provide 5% MPF for the first year of work to reduce the burden on working youth. The government subsequently sent representatives to receive the petition from the ADPL.
Shi Delai, chairman of the ADPL, said that this year's AD's budget proposal is specifically aimed at young people, because they believe that young people are the masters of the future. However, during the anti-revision campaign in the past six months, many young people were arrested The government is disappointed. He criticized the government for not having the will to govern in the face of the Wuhan epidemic, while Macao and Taiwan were prepared to face the epidemic, such as providing masks to the public and restricting the export of masks.
He Qiming, deputy chairman of the ADPL, pointed out that the SAR government's epidemic prevention work has been poor recently, criticizing Lin Zheng for not taking any precautionary measures before returning to Hong Kong. He also believes that there is an outbreak in the Mainland and there is no free mask for Hong Kong.
Regarding the youth policy proposed by the ADPL, Sham Shui Po District Councillor Li Tingfeng said that the government has always neglected the needs of young people and believes that student loans should be reduced and student loans that require income review should be repaid by the government. With regard to non-means-tested student loans, the ADPL suggests that the government should reduce repayment interest and use the repayment amount as a tax deduction, while waiving the administrative fee for repayment to support college graduates.
Sham Shui Po District Councillor Lee Han Ting said that at present Hong Kong's youth housing and entrepreneurship are difficult, and the government does not respond to young people's grievances in politics and people's livelihood. He pointed out that there is a lot of idle land in the urban area. You can use abandoned school buildings, reclaim Dakeng West Village or rebuild industrial buildings, and build youth houses and entrepreneurial spaces.
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In addition, He Qiming proposed that the government should implement the tax system reform so that "who can afford to pay more". He disagreed with the government's claim that Hong Kong's tax base was narrow, and believed that the tax system was inconsistent with the principle of "paying more if you can." He said that the current profits tax rate in Hong Kong is the standard tax rate. The same proportion of taxes paid by petty professionals and real estate developers is not in line with the tax system's justice. He proposed that the profits tax should be changed to progressive tax.
Sham Shui Po District Councilor Tan Kwok Kiu said that no matter whether it is the District Council, the Legislative Council, or even the government-appointed scholars, they agree with the universal exemption of retirement protection system, describing it as the consensus of Hong Kong people regardless of party. He called the system a dignified and sustainable retirement protection system, and the government should implement it.