By Jeffie Lam
South China Morning Post | 07 October 2017
The remarks by Wong Kwok-kin, a lawmaker and member of the Executive Council that advises the city’s leader on policy, were in contrast with the view of colleague Stanley Ng Chau-pei, chairman of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. Ng said employers had not done enough to lure local talent.
They spoke four days before Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s policy address this Wednesday, in which she is expected to unveil measures to address the city’s ageing population.
Wong’s comments echoed other calls for the use of foreign labour in the elderly care sector, which is badly short of staff.
“Foreign labour was recruited when the new airport was built [in the 1990s] … The importation of labour is not forbidden ground in Hong Kong,” Wong said.