The new crown pneumonia epidemic has lasted for more than two years, and currently overseas arrivals in Hong Kong are still subject to quarantine.
Ma Shi-hang, the former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and the former chairman of the MTR Corporation, pointed out today (25th) that one of the reasons for the serious brain drain in Hong Kong is the strict quarantine measures. Therefore, he believes that Hong Kong should clear customs as soon as possible.
However, he also said that Hong Kong has failed to meet the requirements of customs clearance in the Mainland. If it has to choose, it should clear customs with foreign countries first, otherwise, "the two ends will not reach the shore".
▼On June 24th, the first group of 15 members of the Japanese tour group departs▼
Ma Shiheng reviewed the development of Hong Kong in the 25 years since the return of Hong Kong in the commercial program "Politics and Economics Saturday" today.
He pointed out that over the past 25 years, Hong Kong has successfully implemented one country, two systems, and has achieved outstanding financial development. It has become a global international financial center, and the proportion of finance in Hong Kong's GDP has increased.
However, he believes that there are still areas in Hong Kong that are not ideal, such as housing and poverty issues, the economic structure has not been transformed, and the 2019 anti-amendment incident has also divided society.
He said that the current geopolitical environment is complicated, and Hong Kong is facing increasing risks. "The government must have a mentality to be ready to fight at any time, and to be ready to deal with crises at any time." The financial market is more than the money market." I believe the new government will be prepared.
He also agreed that the linked exchange rate system between the Hong Kong dollar and the US dollar is effective, and believes that it should not be changed.
▼On June 24th, the Pingshi Village Building was covered with national flags and regional flags to welcome the 25th anniversary of the return on July 1▼
If the external customs clearance is not as soon as possible, the status of the international financial center will be damaged.
When asked about "customs clearance", Ma Shiheng believes that due to the strict quarantine measures, there is a serious brain drain in Hong Kong. Many countries and regions, such as Singapore, have already robbed Hong Kong's talents, describing it as a "talent war".
He stressed that Hong Kong must clear customs as soon as possible, otherwise its status as an international financial center will be damaged.
He also pointed out that the government is now showing signs of opening to the outside world. When the Chief Executive-designate, Li Jiachao, was the Chief Secretary for Administration, he was also responsible for negotiating customs clearance with the mainland. I believe no one knows the mainland's requirements better than him.
Ma Shi-hang, former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and former chairman of the MTR.
(File photo/Photo by Xi Jiasheng)
Message Program Immigrants will be discriminated against in other places
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of immigration in Hong Kong. Ma Shiheng once immigrated to Canada and returned to Hong Kong in the 1980s.
He pointed out that he succeeded in working in Canada at that time and was "a high-paying family", but he bluntly said that he was discriminated against and that he had seen more opportunities for development in Hong Kong and the mainland than in Canada, so "it was so hard to convince my wife to return, and I spent a lot of time talking. ".
His message to plan immigrants should be mentally prepared for different living habits and discriminatory situations.
When asked about his expectations for the new team, Ma Shiheng pointed out that when Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor took office five years ago, he also said that he hoped for a strong team to ask for orders for the people.
He joked that this time the meeting will be more optimistic, because he believes that the current Legislative Council is "normal, and it is a good opportunity to talk to the new government".
He also said that the new government structure involved different people.
▼Under the epidemic, the flow of people at Hong Kong Airport has dropped significantly▼
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