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Hong Kong (Treatment Of Children)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the mui tsai system of Hong Kong is in existence in any other and, if so, which dependency or dependencies of the Crown?

I find that the mui tsai system is in existence in Malaya among the Chinese immigrants and colonists, and the Governments of the Straits Settlements and of the Federated Malay States are being requested to send full reports on the conditions under which it prevails. I am not aware of the prevalence of the system elsewhere in the Empire, but it probably exists to some extent wherever there is a considerable community of Chinese. If on inquiry from the Governor it is found that, the incidents attaching to the institution and ether local circumstances are the same as prevail in Hong Kong, I propose to follow a similar course to that which I adopted in that case.