SCMP Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Labour, employment top list of concerns


People feel that Tung Chee-hwa's Policy Address on Wednesday should focus on labour and employment, a survey revealed on Tuesday.
Hong Kong University's Public Opinion Programme (POP) interviewed 1,067 people over their hopes for Mr Tung's fourth Policy Address, discovering that labour and employment topped their list of their concerns, with 29.5 per cent of respondents saying they were worried, a 7.7 per cent increase from 1999.
Next came economic development, at 22.2 per cent, a 9.1 per cent drop from last year, reflecting Hong Kong's recovery from the Asian Economic Crisis.
Housing, although third on the list, slid dramatically from the 1997 high of 47.3 per cent.
Lying at the bottom of the list of concerns were culture, arts, and sports development at 0.1 per cent, human rights and freedom at 0.4 per cent, and civil education at 1.0 per cent.
The POP has been commissioning a series of surveys prior to the Policy Address since 1992. This year's survey was conducted on October 3, 4, 5, and 9.