Gretl Lai F.3C (20) F.3 E.P.A Writing Assignment Topic: Comments on the Chief Executive’s Policy Address One of the new proposals given in the Chief Executive’s Policy Address is the Internet Learning which belongs to the education aspect. Another new proposal is the Healthcare Reform which belongs to social welfare aspect. The Internet Learning is to provide convenient and suitable Internet learning chances for students in need. The Internet Learning is a good method that students may spend less money on textbooks and exercise books. It may also let students develop a greater interest in learning. However, most low-income families do not have computers and Internet services at home, they may encounter financial difficulties in purchasing computers and Internet services. Before carrying out the Internet Learning activity, I suggest the Chief Executive spend a sum of money to subsidize the students from low-income families to purchase computers (recycled computers) and to have access to the Internet services. In the Healthcare Reform, the Hong Kong Government increase healthcare spending from 15% of the Government’s recurrent expenditure to 17% by 2012. Because of the ageing problem in Hong Kong becomes more serious, demand for medical services increases. Increasing the healthcare expenditure is probably good for citizens that they may enjoy subsidized medical services. Yet, healthcare expenditure occupying a greater portion of the Government’s recurrent expenditure means the expenditure on other aspects such as education, other social welfare services may become lower. People may enjoy less welfare on other aspects since the expenditure on medical services is higher. This creates an imbalance in the Government’s recurrent expenditure. The Government can derive more income from the development of local creative industries and encourage citizens to purchase medical insurance. Thus, the expenditure on other aspects will not be affected due to the increase of healthcare expenditure.