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Overburdened bureaus need restructuring

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During his tenure, disgraced former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen kept property prices high and land supply low. He also restructured the policy bureaus by combining public housing and transport under a single bureaucratic roof.

Arguably, the bureaus’ overburdening with excessive mandates contributed to numerous policy mishaps and failures, whose consequences we are still living with today. Yet, it has taken the government more than a decade to finally split up the Transport and Housing Bureau. Well, better late than never!

Of course, it is not the only bureau that needs to be restructured. Under three chief executives, the government’s structure has become unruly, with some bureaus overburdened while a few others contribute little.

But restructuring the Transport and Housing Bureau should be the........

© South China Morning Post