The number of male has become 10 thousand fewer last year, according to the government's statistic, while the number of female continues to rise up.
The reported figure of male is 3.3145 million at the end of 2004, 10 thousand fewer than the data in the middle of the year. The number of female grows up by 1 per cent to 3.581 million. The female is now 3.8 per cent higher than the male.
One reason is that many mainland females (including me) come to Hong Kong, pushing the figures up. But it can't explain the decrease of the males. An aging population is the real problem, according to Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang. He encouraged Hong Kong's young couples to give birth to more children, to say, three. But to my observation, they are too busy to prepare for the birth of the children and the time to raise them up. Tsang said the government would try to attract many young males to balance the gap. But will the step solve the problem? I am cautious about the answer. But many of my male friends should be happy at the Tsang's new step.