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Sense and sensibility welcome from Carrie Lam

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has shown sense and decency in focusing her new policy address on Hong Kong and the myriad tough problems it faces. This makes her rather different from her immediate predecessor.

There are a few mainland-related items, such as new subsidies to lure young local entrepreneurs to work and invest in the “Greater Bay Area” economic zone. But, she mostly kept them to a minimum.

She has introduced several substantial measures that will make life a bit easier for many people: extending maternity leave to 14 weeks; ending the so-called offsetting mechanism for the Mandatory Provident Fund reform; rationalising the fares of the three cross-harbour tunnels; launching a slew of new welfare, language and employment measures for minorities; making a policy U-turn to........

© South China Morning Post