Don’t throw our money away
The government is flooded with money and is under political pressure, so it has announced HK$4,000 cash handouts for around 2.8 million eligible residents.
I totally disagree with this decision. It undermines the government’s “new fiscal philosophy”, which is about spending money wisely. I am very disappointed that the government has given up its principles to satisfy some political parties while ignoring the long-term interests of Hongkongers.
Also, cash handouts won’t help to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor. There has to be a way where poor people can raise their incomes gradually to have a better life.
The government’s move paves the way for more cash handouts in the future. This way, the poor would become dependent on financial aid. Apart from failing to eliminate poverty, the giveaways impose a heavy financial burden
on the government.
That money could have been allocated to health care and education, which are two things that Hongkongers always complain about. There are problems like long waiting hours for medical services due to a lack of staff in hospitals. Also, the so-called duck-feeding education system, which merely focuses on preparing students for standardised tests, should be reformed. Cash injections in these two areas could improve the living standards of citizens and truly benefit them.
Martin Lau Tsz-kin, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
From the editor
Thank you for your letter, Martin. We could not agree more. Many people were puzzled by the government’s decision to give a few dollars to those who don’t really need it instead of looking at the long-term value for Hong Kong.
Generally, this is the kind of problem that you see when leaders are only thinking about pleasing people in the short term, instead of taking a longer view in planning.
President Xi Jinping has shown us the value of taking the long-term view. He sets out plans for five years and seldom wavers in carrying them out.
Our leaders need to take inspiration from him, and really take measured decisions on what would benefit Hongkongers the most.
We like to think that Hongkongers are sensible and kind, and many of them might use their “bonus” to boost the charity of their choice in a democratic and meaningful way.