Application for HK$10,000 for new arrivals begins today

Local | 27 Sep 2020 4:12 pm

Queues were seen at Bank of China branches today as the application for a HK$10,000 cash handout for non-permanent residents from low-income families began.

The bank opened 17 outlets from 9am to 5pm on Sunday -- the first day of application. Candidates can fill and submit printed application forms, or apply online.

One applicant, Liu, said at a Bank of China branch in Mong Kok: “The money will be a great help. I had an eye surgery, so I can’t work, and my husband in his 70s still works as a security guard.”

Another applicant Mr Zhu said: “We get taxed when we work. It wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t get the cash handout.”

Elsewhere in Sham Shui Po, a man surnamed Wu said he came to Hong Kong six years ago, and had been depending on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance to get by.

“An elderly person like me is of course happy to get the money,” Wu said, adding that he would spend it on buying appliances and decoration after settling in a public housing flat.

But a woman, Zhu, at the same Sham Shui Po outlet criticised that the government was too late in supporting those newly arrived from the mainland, and the application procedure was too complicated.

She said she planned to use the HK$10,000 to pay for her son’s English tutoring classes, and her daughter’s tuition fees.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong inspected a branch on Cheung Sha Wan Road, where he thanked the bank for opening its doors on Sunday.

Application for the scheme will last till December 31 this year, with 203,000 people expected to benefit from it.

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