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Simple public housing|Shao Shanbo wrote an article criticizing the disproportion between cost and benefit, which cannot be convinced by reason

2023-02-06T08:49:40.668Z


Shao Shanbo, the former chief adviser of the Central Policy Group, wrote an article in a newspaper in the name of the president of the New Paradigm Foundation, titled "The Fallacy of the Simple Public Housing Plan", and violently criticized the disproportionate cost and benefit of the plan, which is absolutely irrational.


Shao Shanbo, the former chief adviser of the Central Policy Group, wrote an article in a newspaper in the name of the president of the New Paradigm Foundation, titled "The Fallacy of the Simple Public Housing Plan", and violently criticized the disproportionate cost and benefit of the plan, which is absolutely irrational. He bluntly stated that simple public housing is not The only way to fill up the supply of public housing emphasizes that making good use of public funds is the primary responsibility of the government.


He also accused the authorities of being unable to justify the high cost and had to resort to emotional escort.

He emphasized that the lack of land in Hong Kong is a fundamental problem, but it is not impossible to solve it. What is needed is not only compassion and bodhisattva-like feelings, but also courage and courage to break through the rules.


Shao Shanbo served as the chief adviser of the government's Central Policy Group in the era of the former chief executive Leung Chun-ying. He wrote an article in "Ming Pao" that the SAR government recently allocated a piece of land at the old Kai Tak Airport to build more than 10,000 units in this middle-class area. "Simple public housing" has rekindled social controversy over the current government's housing policy.

He pointed out that the plan originated from the "transitional housing" policy of the previous government, and the starting point has not changed. That is, when the government is currently unable to find enough land to build public housing, on some land that has been planned but has not yet started construction, To build some flats with rapid construction methods, so that some residents who live in extremely poor conditions and have been waiting for a long time to move into public housing can improve their living conditions. It is just that the current government has changed to a more beautiful name and abandoned "transitional" and "transitional" "Temporary" and other negative words, proposed to build 30,000 units of "simple public housing".

Shao Shanbo: The disproportion between cost and benefit is absolutely irrational

He pointed out that the selling point of the whole plan is that it can quickly build a certain number of prefabricated houses made of steel plates.

However, although the construction speed of this method is fast, the cost is not low.

According to government information, the cost of 30,000 simple public housing units is nearly 26 billion yuan, with an average cost of 866,000 yuan per unit, which is 100,000 yuan more expensive than the cost of traditional public housing. This is the problem.

He questioned, what is the reason for building a temporary house that is only used for 5 years at a cost higher than the cost of 100,000 yuan per unit of traditional public housing, without taking into account the cost of demolition after use?

The only reason is that the government can't find any land that can be used permanently, but it wants to help as soon as possible the families living in very poor conditions and waiting for public housing.

He described: "Although this motive is noble, it is absolutely irrational that the cost is out of proportion to the benefit."

The government is currently unable to find land that can be used permanently, but it wants to help families who are currently living in very poor conditions and waiting for public housing as soon as possible.

Although this motive is noble, it is absolutely irrational that the cost is out of proportion to the benefit.

Shao Shanbo, former chief adviser of the Central Policy Group

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Blaming the government for not being able to persuade people with reason, but resorting to emotional escort

He also pointed out that when the authorities cannot justify the cost, they can only use reason to persuade people.

The Chief Executive, the Deputy Secretary for Administration, the Deputy Secretary for Finance, and the Director of the Housing Bureau who are in charge of the project all put forward discussions such as "mathematics for getting rid of poverty" and "Spirit of Lion Rock", and believed that poor households face harsh living conditions every day The pain cannot be measured by money, and the plan is escorted by appealing to emotion.

Shao Shanbo directly pointed out that it is a noble sentiment to help poor families regardless of the cost. Individuals can do this, but it is not the behavior of a responsible government. The government's primary responsibility is to make good use of public funds.

It is a noble sentiment to help poor families regardless of the cost. Individuals can do this, but it is not the behavior that a responsible government should do. Making good use of public funds is the primary responsibility of the government.

Shao Shanbo, former chief adviser of the Central Policy Group

The foundation has proposed two sites to build 200,000 public housing units

Shao Shanbo pointed out in the article that the New Paradigm Foundation had submitted a detailed plan to the government, suggesting that two pieces of ready-to-use land should be used to quickly build more than 200,000 public housing units by using the assembly method. This abandoned quarry covers an area of ​​about 60 hectares. It was handed over to the government as early as 2002 and has been idle for a long time; and the land east of Luohu Station, which was planned to build Shaling "Super Funeral City", the project has been abandoned. The site is about There are 96 hectares, and the leveling work has been completed, which can be used immediately for the construction of public housing.

He added that the large-scale adoption of the modular construction method can not only shorten the construction period, but also save the construction workers who are currently in short supply. In addition, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of units, and he believes that this number should have considerable bargaining power. Helps reduce costs.

He admitted that if these two lands are to be used for long-term development, procedures such as planning, environmental impact assessment, and traffic arrangements need to be followed. However, in the form of special affairs, the law allows the Chief Executive, in conjunction with the Executive Council, to quickly revise the existing two lands. development plan.

Shao Shanbo reiterated that living in public housing for poor families is the most effective way to alleviate and get rid of poverty.

What they need is a stable, long-term and reliable arrangement, not some temporary measures.

The "New Paradigm Foundation" is quite mysterious. There is only a house number on the gate, but there is no signboard indicating the name of the institution.

(File photo/Photo by Luo Junhao)

Checking the information, the New Paradigm Foundation Company Limited (New Paradigm Foundation Company Limited) was established as early as August 2007, but it has been little known.

It was not until Shao Shanbo left the government at the end of his term in mid-2017 and was approved as the executive director of the foundation in November of the same year that the existence of the foundation began to be exposed.

According to the data of the year, the directors of the foundation include Zhang Zhigang, a former member of the Executive Council, Chen Qizong, the chairman of Hang Lung Properties, and Huang Jingqiang, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. They are all considered to be closely related to the former chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

Directly hit the gate of Liang Ying's mysterious think tank, no signboard, only one person in the office "Liang Fan" Shao Shanbo announced his resignation Shao Shanbo announced his resignation, and Liu Zhaojia and Liu Naiqiang were appointed as consultants of CITIC Foundation Simple public housing|District councilors failed to approve the consultation. The government responded that there would be an appropriate meeting to arrange simple public housing|Kai Tak site selection caused controversy Wu Qiubei : A small branch came out to oppose the simple and shameful public housing|Yang Yongjie meets He Yongxian: Unresolved doubts that the Legislative Council voted to abstain from voting on Kai Tak simple public housing|The property committee set up a street station to oppose the site selection and temporarily collected nearly 12,000 signatures of the simple public housing House|Simplify the big problem of architecture and design

Source: hk1

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