8 December 1997 was a fateful day for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Housing Authority announced a scheme, which it called the Tenant Purchase Scheme, whereby sitting tenants in selected blocks in its heavily subsidized housing estates were given the opportunity to buy at deep discounts the units in which they were currently living. Because the scheme allowed the richer tenants to buy their own units at the same attractive discounts (the discounts were subsequently reduced in 1998) this was obviously against the spirit of the existing policy of reducing and ultimately eliminating the subsidy given to the richer tenants (Ho 1997). By reducing the incentive of the richer tenants to move out of public housing it would lengthen the time for people in the queue to be assigned public rental flats.
|Title of host publication
|The first Tung Chee-hwa administration : the first five years of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
|The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2002