Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam feels the heat over social issues

Residents unhappy with change in welfare scheme for elderly, overcrowded hospitals

Mrs Carrie Lam
Mrs Carrie Lam

The pressure on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is building, with public unhappiness over several issues, including the tightening of welfare eligibility for the elderly and the overcrowding in public hospitals.

The city's Chief Executive on Tuesday admitted that her government could have better handled the move to raise the age limit of those eligible for the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme from 60 years to 65 years. The change, which kicked in yesterday, has been called mean-spirited and sparked criticisms and protests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'HK leader feels the heat over social issues'. Subscribe