I have read your article today firing on the new regulation of application for pubic housing on the single applicants. I must say i strongly agree with you. I am a reporter from Chinese media, but it seems that large proportion of chinese media do show their support on the new move by the Housing Authority. Most of them are viewing the issue from the resources allocation angle, few of them is really discussing about whether the new regulation is really fair or not.
Personally, I think discrimination on family status and academic qualification is obvious. As these single appilcants passed the mean test, they should be able to make the application while wether they will get the public house is another issue. Thus, I propse that young and single one should be given chance to make application, but allocation of public house should be subjected to the social condition.
Public housing is long be a problem for HK government, but I request a system in which everyone is fairly treated.
However, when i talked about my point of view with other reporters, i found almost all are against my view. They think the young and highly educated one should not abuse the social resources as they are expected to earn much later on. I fully understand their opinion (as i am the young and highly educated one too), but the core of the issue is not lying on wether you will be rich or not, it's a problem of the fairness of the system, isn't it?
It is pity to see that fairness and justice is getting thinner in Hong Kong nowaday. People are concerning about their material need rather than basic ideology(or core value, u may say).
Anyway, It's good to see your opinion, let share more next time.
(original an email to the editor of a newspaper)