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Devil in the detail for outraged DAB lawmakers

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When you habitually rubber-stamp government bills, you shouldn’t complain that officials treat you like a doormat.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the dominant political party in the Legislative Council, has consistently been the government’s most reliable ally. But for once, its lawmakers feign outrage as the government raises the qualifying age for an elderly welfare payment by five years to 65, effectively reducing it by a third to new recipients from next month.

Here’s a government move that has been opposed by parties across the political aisle. In a previous column, yours truly thought it was a bad idea, too, as it could worsen poverty among the elderly. Yet, mysteriously, the government managed to have it passed in........

© South China Morning Post