A readers comment on page A12 today - here some parts of it:
"It is clear from letters by expatriates in these columns, about their demand for visa-free entry to the mainland, that there is a need for some kind of a test for future applicants for HK permanent residency, to ensure that they have some basic knowledge of residency status........Perhaps jobs which require frequent trips into and out of the mainland should be handled by personnel who have the right of free entry.
There is no reason why because of a small number of expatriates are vociferous, priority should be given to their personal issues........Foreign nationals who have acquired their permanent residency from arrangements which Hong Kong has adopted from the previous administration..........."
I probably have missed some of the letters Mrs Mak is referring to but I guess it is the topic that also "foreign passport holders" with perm HK ID card should get the right to receive the China home return card. And I agree that we should get this home return card by 100%.
We "small number of vociferous expatriates" already hire + pay personnel who have the right of free entry - means local HK staff.
Don't worry we are sending them often enough - but if you allow we sometimes should have the "right" to see what is going on in the factories on the mainland and to see with our "gweilo eyes" the quality of the products we have ordered and we have to pay for.
You maybe remember there have been some emails earlier to some members of the LEGCO. 1 answer by Hon Mrs. Rita Fan (president of LEGCO). Very much appreciated this answer.
No answer from Hon Mrs. Anson Chan, no answer from Hon Mrs. Sophie Leung (garment + manufacturing) and no answer from Hon Mr. Howard Young the legislator for the tourism section who was stating that this new measures are "understandable".