Conditional aid

Conditional aid

Legislative Council members who opposed sending aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan cited the misuse of earthquake funds offered to Sichuan in 2008. Such corruption led to less trust in governments that receive our aid. Such concern is legitimate, as the funds can be used for flimsy reconstruction projects, or for non-relief purposes by government officials.

The failure of the Philippine government to offer satisfactory apologies and compensation to Hong Kong victims of the Manila bus hostage crisis also needs to be addressed.

The Hong Kong government could have taken a stronger stand by at least setting the amount of aid to be conditional upon the Philippines doing some justice to those victims, while non-government organisations' relief efforts continued as usual.

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