Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win an Apple Watch Nike+!
Votes close at midnight on Sunday.
First, I would ask for a public consultation. I would want to be a leader who considers public opinion. Although I know that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all policy,
I would like to strike a balance between keeping both the public and businesses happy.
I would set up a Quality Migration Admission Scheme to attract talented people from overseas to join the city’s workforce. Not only would this help the industrial sector, it might also increase Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the global market.
Given the number of medical mishaps we’ve heard about in the news, it seems to me that we don’t have very many good doctors here. I would want more people to become doctors, or to get top foreign medical experts to come work in Hong Kong. To do that, I would increase doctors’ salaries.
I would set up a “one school, one counselling group” programme across all primary and secondary schools to help students who feel sad or unhappy. To hire more staff, I would lower the requirements needed to become a social worker. Even retired people could be hired, as long as they attend all the compulsory classes.
Basically, I would need public support to be a successful chief executive, and I can’t have that support if I don’t do anything to help the people.
Previous chief executives have tried – and failed – to meet the demands of Hong Kong citizens. How would I be able to achieve this when others have been unsuccessful?
One of the biggest problems facing Hong Kong is the lack of affordable housing. In an international survey of nearly 300 cities, Hong Kong has been named the world’s least affordable housing market for eight years in a row. Many Hongkongers cannot afford even the tiniest of flats. How can the housing shortage be solved? Enter the Affordable Living Scheme.
Instead of trying to build additional flats in a city with a limited land supply, new public housing units would be built on top of existing ones. Building upwards would allow developers to make the flats on higher levels more expensive, while charging less for the units below. See? It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
Poverty is another big problem in the city. More than 1.3 million Hongkongers live below the poverty line. To solve this, I would introduce a scheme (yes, another scheme) that would allow means-tested citizens, aged 18 to 75 and unemployed, to undergo a training programme in which they would learn the skills required to succeed in a workplace. Then they would get priority when applying for low-level jobs.
Well, that’s my plan, at least for the time being. It might seem a tad unrealistic, but then again, have previous chief executives solved these problems? Maybe it’s time for my approach.
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