Hong Kong Will Not Impose Sales Tax
Fortunately, I now see that the Hong Kong government was forced to drop the idea after strong public opposition. Critics pointed out that it would hurt the economy, and reduce tourism. The Hong Kong finance minister Henry Tang still seems determined to "broaden the tax base", i.e. raise taxes for people with low and average income, but I have a feeling that attempts to apply income tax (Today only 35% of workers pay any income tax at all, and the top income tax is just 16%) on the under- and middle class will be as unpopular as the sales tax.
Tang displayed an amazing level of cluelessness when he said "Although the public understands that GST [General Sales Tax] can broaden our tax base, it is clear from the views collected that we have not been able to convince the majority to accept GST as the main option to address the tax base problem.". Tang don't seem to understand that the reason why a majority of the public in Hong Kong opposed the sales tax was precisely because it would "broaden the tax base", i.e. raise taxes for that majority.