9783990489499.jpg

Contents

Imprint

Preface

Chapter 1

PARENTHOOD

Chapter 2

PARENTING SKILLS

SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS

THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF PROFESSIONALISM

POOR PARENTING SKILLS

Chapter 3

GUIDANCE PARENTING

PARENTAL LOVE AND SUPPORT

PARENTING

Chapter 4

THE CITY’S CHARACTER FLAWS

BROAD GENERATIONS

A FISHING VILLAGE MENTALITY

MONEY REIGNS SUPREME

A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

ETHNOCENTRIC AND RACIALLY EXCLUSIVE

QUERULOUS

IGNORANT AND ARROGANT

MERS

LACK OF INTEREST IN ACQUIRING GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE URGENT NEED TO SAVE THE CITY

Chapter 5

THE HKSAR GOVERNMENT (THE GOVERNMENT)

CORRUPTION – THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN THE WORLD

AN OVERVIEW OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT

A CORRUPTION-TEMPTING SYSTEM

THE COLONIAL DAYS

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

THE WIDENING GULF BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR

THE ECONOMY

THE SCLEROTIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

THE MANAGEMNT OF THE GOVERNMENT

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF GOVERNANCE

OF THE CITY’S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE – LEGALLY UNTOUCHABLE AND THE CITY’S CHIEF AUTHORITY FIGURE

THE CIVIL SERVICE

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

FATCA

Chapter 6

A RADICAL OVERHAUL OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT

CIVIL SERVANTS INELIGIBLE FOR OFFICE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE

PUBLIC OFFICERS

VETTING PROCEDURE

THE CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC OFFICES:

GLOBALIZATION HAS BLURRED THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN DIFFERENT POLITICAL SYMPATHIES

RECOMMENDATIONS:

EFFICACIOUS MESAURES TO CURE THE CITY’S PERENNIAL ILLS:

Chapter 7

ON DEMOCRACY

Chapter 8

CHILDISH FANTASY ABOUT HONG KONG INDEPENDENCE

Chapter 9

CONCLUSION

Imprint

All rights of distribution, also through movies, radio and television, photomechanical reproduction, sound carrier, electronic medium and reprinting in excerpts are reserved.

© 2018 novum publishing

ISBN print edition: 978-3-99048-948-2

ISBN e-book: 978-3-99048-949-9

Editor: Rachel Jones, BA

Cover images: StrippedPixel | Dreamstime.com

Coverdesign, Layout & Type: novum publishing

www.novum-publishing.co.uk

Preface

For the study of the management of a recently-formed government, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – HKSAR – (the City), a relatively new formation of self-government, is an obvious and ideal candidate.

The character of a nation defines the style of management of government of the people. Quality character would produce a squeaky clean, responsive and responsible government, whereas a nation with serious character flaws could only expect to be governed by a defective and corrupt system of government. Parents must be made to understand and respect their parental duty to properly, intellectually and morally nurture their children. Holding the opinion that parenting has a profound impact on the management of government and reinforced by the wisdom that ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’, this book gives the subjects of parenthood and parenting their in-depth study.

From time immemorial, corruption has been the root of all woes and ills of humankind. A new self-government is particularly prone to be on the slippery slope towards a corrupt system. To forestall corruption and to ensure good management, this book recommends innovative and groundbreaking reforms of the City’s management of its government (the government).

Principally:

This book is firmly convinced that the governance of the government is, in practice, its management. Good governance must faithfully observe the principles of management. To forestall corruption within the government and to ensure efficient and effective management, officials must be management experts and be individuals of discernible personal and professional integrity. It strongly recommends that tough legal and administrative measures be put in place to safeguard against conflicts of interest and professional misconduct of officials and that these tough measures be more stringently applied to officials empowered to make decisions in the government. (In Chapter 6, a radical reform of the government’s decision-making mechanisms is recommended and the measures explained.)

To bring into being a caring and compassionate society, it establishes exacting and demanding criteria for public offices held by the chief executives, the lawmakers, public officers, and senior civil servants.

It strongly recommends that the City be managed as a profitable business concern.

It is firmly convinced that English is indispensable for the acquisition of knowledge of all fields and, accordingly, it strongly recommends that, as the City is an international city and as it adopts the British legal system, its citizens, especially those in public service, must have a high level of proficiency in English.

Since the handover of the City to China in 1997, there has been a noticeable deterioration in the performance and management of the government and a deterioration in social harmony and order. This book is the product of my effort to determine the causes of a continuous economic and technological decline and a continuous escalation of social disharmony and disorder in the City and my attempts to arrest the decline and the escalation. The structurally defective management of the government, the character flaws of the people and the poor parenting skills of the parents have been my focus of concern.

Its distinguishing features include:

One chapter is devoted to the subject of ‘democracy’ describing the conditions required for achieving a functional and caring democracy.

The City’s precarious situation

The parenting skills practiced by parents of the City during the past over two decades have been fundamentally flawed. The offer of financial incentives and other inducements for the students to do their duties – to diligently study – teach the students about money’s omnipotence and a corrupt attitude. Some of these students may become future corrupt officials while others would not have the slightest compunction about offering bribes to achieve their objectives. A society where corruption is rampant is a woeful society. Only a squeaky-clean government can be a responsive and responsible government. Good parenting skills play a key role in ensuring that the future of a society be squeaky clean and properly run.

It is the middle class that drives an economy and an affluent middle class means an affluent economy. Sadly, the government has been ignorantly obsessed with the notion that the plutocrats, guesstimated at 0.1 % of the City’s whole population, are the pillar of its economic strength, thus making extraordinary efforts to satisfy the economic gains and financial advantages of plutocrats and blissfully ignoring the economic might of the middle class.

The City’s survival depends exclusively on its ability to adapt and innovate as well as its entrepreneurship. With this, innovative products and technologies would serve the human needs and sell globally. With entrepreneurship, jobs would be created. Depressingly, the City is experiencing an acute shortage of innovators and entrepreneurs. With a complacent and obviously incompetent government, a cavalier attitude of the LEGCO and a population with parochial attitude and fatuous optimism, the City faces a precarious future.

Measures to salvage the situation

A corruption-free government is indispensable for establishing a harmonious and prosperous society where economic wealth is equitably distributed. Accordingly, for good management of the government and to salvage the situation, I have devised the following measures:

This book should be a final wake-up call for the City. Its many groundbreaking and even radical recommendations to reform the management of the government could act as a stimulus for the revival of the City’s fortunes.

This book should be a work of reference for those in public service and for parents learning good parenting skills in any country or place.

Chapter 1

PARENTHOOD

Responsibilities and skills

Before you plunge into parenthood, you must realize that parenthood is a bag of financial and social responsibilities, mixed with occasional joys. It is a monumental task and you must be well-prepared for the challenges and the generation gulf which will cause constant clashes between you and your children. Parents need to make great personal and financial sacrifices to bring up their children.

Importantly, you must be knowledgeable about the following aspects affecting parenthood:

The future of your place of residence

The future of your children is inextricably linked with that of your place of residence. Nowadays, technology advances at breakneck speed and technological advancement is crucial to the survival of a place. Technological skills are crucial to the survival of your children. It follows that, if you stay in a place which does not have any industry to sustain economic growth or still depends on sunset industries to survive economically, as the situation in the City, your children would scrape a financially precarious living.

Finance and parenting skills

Before you decide to have a child, you must work out the cost to maintain the child and assess your parenting skills. As the cost of rearing one child could be a substantial amount of your household expenditure and to forestall any financial difficulty, you must work out the total cost of rearing one child until it reaches adulthood AND is financially independent. Many years ago, it was advertised in the City that the cost of rearing one child, presumably until it reached adulthood, amounted to about US$ 500,000.00. With inflation and with housing prices having skyrocketed during the past many years in the City, the cost could now be in the region of US$ 800,000.00.

Those subsisting on small incomes and finding it difficult to make both ends meet even when childless, must deliberate very carefully over their intention to bear children. It is highly likely that their children would suffer their same fate (of eking out a difficult existence) as the poor parents.

The conventional wisdom is:

I have serious reservations about this popularly accepted belief.

Misconceptions:

University Degree

Decades ago, when you were a degree holder, you would have a lifelong lucrative career. Lifelong job security; palatial residence; premier healthcare; an elitist education for your children and other presidential fringe benefits. Nowadays, with a university degree, you cannot earn your livelihood. If you are lucky enough, you could land a job paying you a paltry wage which is insufficient to cover the exorbitant rent of a decent accommodation, not to mention the other necessities of life. Often, even armed with a degree, the degree holders would not have employable skills. The lightning speed of technological advancement has rendered many industries obsolete and what the graduates have learned in university obsolete.

Financial Responsibility

Strict observance of the law and prudent financial management are key attributes the children must possess to lead a trouble-free life. I will discuss children’s part-time jobs and their financial management in chapter 2.

Criminal Responsibility for Children’s Misdeeds

Parents exert considerable influence over their children. Most children use their parents as role models. The personality traits (positive or negative) of the children is a reflection on their parents.

If the parents were undisciplined, their children would be unruly. If the parents were intimidating, their children would tend to be violent. If the parents were inclined to circumvent the law, their children would openly flout the law. If the parents were unscrupulous money-grabbers, their children could be bank robbers. The apple never falls far from the tree. If parents, since the birth of their children, have been instilling into them a sense of irresponsibility and criminality, their children will certainly be recidivists in the making. Necessarily and it stands to reason that, before their children reach the legal age, parents must be held responsible for the criminal acts of their children. When crimes are committed by minors, their parents must be the masterminds behind the crimes, while the children are the perpetrators. Consequently, heavier punishment should be meted out to the parents. To avoid rearing future criminals, parents must set a good example for their children.

Parenting skills

We must realize that parenting is not an easy task. The most important yet most difficult skill to acquire is to nurture the intellectual development and moral sense (sense of right and wrong) of your children. It encompasses all aspects of life of your children: rearing, nurturing, educating and preparing them for the real world. I will discuss the subject of parenting skills in chapters 2 and 3.

With dependent children, marriage must endure

By now, you should agree with me that parenthood is a formidable responsibility. Both parents must be dedicated parents and must make a concerted effort to tackle the ever-changing and seemingly insoluble daily problems of their children. The effectiveness of their effort and the success of their marriage are put to the test. The undertaking of parenthood is clearly far beyond the capacity of a single parent. There are a multitude of issues that are the sources of disagreement or even argument between the parents. However irreconcilable their differences, divorce is never an option when they have dependent children.

Health and Age

Parenthood is a physically and intellectually demanding task. Since the advent of the technological revolution, the task has been fraught with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. The lightning speed of technological development has made a profound yet mutually exclusive impact on generation gap. The length of the gap has drastically reduced yet the width of the gap has widened to such an extent that it should more appropriately be termed ‘a generation gulf’. Hence, to satisfactorily discharge your parental responsibilities, you must have physical and mental stamina. The demand for stamina suggests that you must be in good physical health to undergo parenthood. The demand for stamina exacerbated by the dramatic changes of the generation gap, both lengthwise and widthwise, calls for youthfulness and energy. Being over-age could be a serious handicap to successful parenthood.

Pregnancy

Having considered all the challenges facing parents, you still want to have a baby. Before pregnancy, you and your spouse should undergo a thorough medical examination the objective of which is ensure that the baby will be perfectly normal, free from any disorders or hereditary defects when born. During pregnancy, periodical medical checks to ensure the birth of a perfectly normal baby should be conducted.

Examination in Parenting Skills

Poor parenting skills create serious social problems. The spate of hooliganism and blatant disregard for the law committed by the youths manifested noticeably during the Occupy disturbances is a testimony to the poor parenting skills being practiced by the vast majority of the parents in the City. Parenting is an immensely challenging and difficult yet thankless task, although, with good parenting, it can be rewarding at times. Parents are therefore required to be educated on good parenting skills. To qualify for the right to parenthood and to have the necessary parenting skills, all would-be parents must sit and pass with flying colours an examination in parenting skills.

It is absolutely essential that they must, on top of passing the examination, satisfy the following criteria:

Both would-be parents must be knowledgeable about the economic and world affairs, to guide their children through the complexity of the real world;

They must prove that their present income and income in the foreseeable future will be sufficient to bring up a child until its adulthood and financial independence. In the City, such income should amount to US$ 1 million for one child; and

They must undergo a medical examination to determine that the baby will be normal physically and mentally and will not have any inherited defects or diseases. Children with physical or mental disability demand round-the-clock and lifelong medical care (expense) and are a laboriously onerous task.