People are terrified of a welfare state? In a "country" the size of Brussels (or sprout) with a current budget surplus of HK$64.9b no one should be living in a cage apartment, or having to push carts loaded with cardboard at eighty years old (unless they want to) it's completely wrong.
I believe very firmly that there is such a thing as a free lunch, its our duty to be able to recognise for who and when this is appropriate. This is not something Hong Kong has ever excelled at. A source of embarrassment and shame given the pig trough we have created here. Hence the recent flurry to establish a poverty line.