"To promote the well being of the people is the most fundamental
task of a responsible government ...... We have incomparable advantages:
a high degree of autonomy under 'One Country, Two systems'; abundant
financial reserves; social and economic systems that work well;
a sound, comprehensive legal system; we are the southern gateway
to China and an international financial, trade and shipping centre.
Our future economy will also be strongly supported by the rapid
development in China."
The Chief Executive, Mr TUNG Chee Hwa, presented his first Policy
Address to the Provisional Legislative Council today (8 October).
Here are some of the highlights.
Homes for Hong Kong
- Increase supply of land and build supporting infrastructure
to ensure that the target of constructing at least 85,000 flats
a year will be met.
- Streamline government procedures to speed up the supply of
- Sell 250,000 public rental flats to tenants over the next
10 years, and offer successful applicants for public rental housing
the option to buy Home Ownership Scheme flats.
- 6 000 families to benefit each year from a new "Home
Starter" loan scheme, providing loans of about $600,000 for
each eligible family over the next five years.
- Increase the number of flats to be sold and rented to waiting
list applicants to meet target waiting time of 3 years by 2005.
- Establish an Urban Renewal Authority by 1999; implement the
Mandatory Building Safety Scheme and set up a $500 million Rehabilitation
Fund to provide assistance to owners to undertake inspection and
- Build new major railways: complete West Rail (West Kowloon
to Yuen Long) by 2002, extended to Tuen Mun by 2003. Complete
MTR Tseung Kwan O Extension by 2002.
- Build new major roads: Widen Tolo Highway and Fanling Highway
by 2005. Complete Route 9 (Northwest Tsing Yi to Lai Chi Kok)
by 2006; Sham Tseng Link (Northwest New Territories to Northeast
Lantau) by 2007.
- Set up a $5 Billion Quality Education Development Fund to
finance innovation in education.
- Improve training and facilities for the teaching profession.
Designate 10 September as "Teachers' Day".
- All kindergartens to have at least 60% qualified teachers
- 60% of primary schools to become whole day schools by 2002.
Abolish all floating classes by 2000.
- Provide 700 more native English-speaking language teachers
for secondary schools.
- Universities to develop centres of excellence.
- Introduce new non-means tested loan scheme for tertiary students.
- Grant $50 million to Open University to develop adult and
- Review education structure, curriculum and examination system.
Care for the Elderly
- Increase monthly CSSA payments for the elderly by $380.
- Extend programmes to help the elderly living at home. Review
existing public housing allocation policy to encourage families
to live with their elderly members. Establish an "Elderly
Volunteer Programme" to encourage participation by the elderly
in community life.
- Set up 12 elderly health centres in 1998-99 to provide preventive
and curative services.
- Provide 2 400 more subsidised residential care places
under the "Bought Places Scheme".
- Commission for the Elderly to review demand and system of
provision for residential care.
- Provide an additional 23 social centres for the elderly in
Better training for workers
- Reform training and retraining programmes to make workers
more responsive to market needs. Provide new courses to equip
workers for tomorrow's industries.
- Provide training for skilled workers in the construction and
textile and clothing industries.
Connecting to the Information Age
- Build up Hong Kong's Information Infrastructure.
- 1 Bureau to take charge of information technology policies.
- Adopt a 5-year Information Technology Education Strategy to
enhance teaching and learning.
Business and Industrial Development
- Provide a $50 million grant to the Service Support Fund to
help improve service industries.
- Construct the Science Park, the Second Industrial Technology
Centre and the Fourth Industrial Estate.
- Provide $100 million for the HK Tourist Association to establish
an International Events Fund to promote tourism.
- Set up a Film Services Office and a Film Services Advisory
Planning and Environment
- Establish closer co-operation with mainland authorities on
infrastructure and environmental planning.
- Waste Reduction Programme to start in 1998. To consult the
public on a sustainable development agenda for the 21st Century.
- Conduct a Review of Health Care in 1998.
- The new Kowloon Bay Primary Health Care Centre and Nursing
Home to start operation in 1998.
- Establish a legislative framework to recognise and regulate
the practice of Chinese Medicine.
- An additional 754 hospital beds to be brought into service
Newly Arrived Citizens
- Co-ordinate the provision of services under the Secretary
for Home Affairs.
- Provide 6 more primary and 19 more secondary schools before
the 2001-02 school year. Run school-based programme to help newly
- Continue to provide job training and retraining and services
to help new citizens find employment.
- Civil Service to introduce target-based management processes
to improve services.
- Election of Legislative Council on 24 May 1998.
- Review the structure of the Municipal Councils and the District
Foundations of a Stable Society
- The rule of law and independent judiciary will be sustained.
- A low and predictable tax regime, a free market and a small,
light-handed and efficient Administration will be maintained.
- The Police Force and the ICAC will continue to receive support
to improve professional training and efficiency in combating crime