Daily Archives: May 15, 2012


POLITICS – The Heart-Warming Kindness of Hong Kong’s Heroes 9

Kind-hearted Hong Kongers are recognising that charity begins at home… Yesterday, the SCMP reported on the story of Benson Tsang who made a simple, personal protest against government inaction. He used his HK$6000 handout to buy food from local momma-and-poppa stores and distributed it amongst the needy. After posting about his efforts on Facebook, many others followed his example with ‘People’s Handouts’…

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His actions came months after a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department ‘clean-up operation’, which saw homeless people’s bedding, identity documents, phones and clothing confiscated and thrown away. Meanwhile, China Daily reported that deaths are so common amongst street sleepers that there is now an official procedure in place for disposing of ‘unclaimed’ bodies. In 2009, an unarmed Nepali homeless man was shot by police in Ho Man Tin.

These incidents prove that district councils are failing to treat the root causes of the problem. The Social Welfare Department stated in January that there are now 504 registered homeless people in HK.

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