We welcome the government's proposal to legislate
against racial discrimination. However, this should
take a more proactive rather than a remedial approach.
Relevant legislations should enhance social inclusion
of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. To achieve this,
additional resources have to be allocated to various
A culture of social inclusion for all ethnic minorities
need to be cultivated so as to change the mindset of
the Hong Kong people to perceive ethnic minorities as
a family and Hong Kong as a home for all races. Mutual
respect should be one of the major themes to advocate.
Lip service alone is not enough. The government should
provide supportive services to students of ethnic minorities
and adequate opportunities for them to further their
studies. Resources should be allocated to schools so
that they can employ additional teaching assistants
or services to enhance the learning of these students.
In order to ensure that no Hong Kong citizen would
be treated with second-class public services, the government
should organise translation courses for ethnic minority
school graduates. This will result in a win-win situation
where more jobs can be created for ethnic minorities
and at the same time adequate and proper services will
be provided to them.
Tax allowances should be offered to employers who recruit
a particular number of ethnic minorities who are qualified
for the jobs.
Free legal consultation and advice should be provided
to small medium enterprises to help them examine whether
their hiring practices contravene with the law and to
help them make remedial measures if necessary.
The governing authority set up to implement the Racial
Discrimination Ordinance should not only enforce the
ordinance but also investigate proactively any cases
that may breach it. Racial discrimination occurs either
intentionally or out of ignorance. The legislation should
take into consideration obviously offensive forms of
language expressions or body language.
Ethnic minorities should be facilitated in political
participation. Interpreters could be recruited to assist
in voter registration and relevant educational activities.
The government should also consider appointing more
people from ethnic minority groups into existing and
new consultative bodies.
In addition, the government can launch its web site
in various languages. This will certainly help to reduce
the information gap of the ethnic minorities from the
Lastly, efforts should be made by the government to
enhance the social inclusion of people from Mainland
China into the Hong Kong society.