Pakistani man living in HK says he makes HK$70k to HK$80k a month and lives in public housing unit with monthly rent of HK$4,000

Picture source: HK Story

4th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) Earlier international surveys pointed out that Hong Kong is the city with the highest cost of living in the world. Hence, it is not easy to survive in this fast paced society.

Recently, a video circulated on social media shows a Pakistani Hong Kong resident who claimed that he earns HK$80,000 a month but lives in a modest 480-square-foot public housing unit with a monthly rent of HK$4,000. The video has attracted heated discussions among netizens. On the social media platform Douyin, a netizen shared a video interview of the Pakistani man living in Hong Kong. In the video, he said in Cantonese that he currently works as a 16-ton truck driver and earns about HK$70,000 to HK$80,000 a month. After deducting daily expenses, he has about HK$40,000 to HK$50,000 in savings per month. When asked how to save money to support a family of eight, he mentioned that he and seven other family members spend about HK$20,000 a month on a daily basis, and the current monthly rent is HK$4,000. He claimed that their eating habits are also different from those of the locals. The family members only often eat Naan bread as their main diet. Therefore, he has saved a lot of money.

He also revealed that he has 4 sons and 1 daughter, and lives with his mother and wife in a 480-square-foot public housing unit. Although it is said that the cost of raising children cannot be estimated, it is believed to be tens of millions. The host asked again, if 3 children were compared with a property worth HK$30 million, what would you like to get? He replied that he still wants his 3 children. Even though he could afford to buy a H$30 million, life is still pointless without his 3 children.

The host with the family of the Pakistani man.

After the clip was released, it aroused a lot of heated discussions among netizens, and some people questioned him “Why would he stay in a public housing unit if he earns a monthly income of HK$70,000 to HK$80,000 ?” Some netizen also questioned the origin of the host as his Cantonese accent is worse than the Pakistani. However, most of the netizens commended the Pakistani man for being hard working to support the family. They speculated that he has to work 17-18 hours a day without breaks on public holidays to make this amount of money.

Meanwhile, the Housing Bureau has revealed the first four sites of its “light public housing” scheme on 29th November located in the New Territories, such as Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long. Around HK$32 billion in construction and operation costs would be needed to build 30,000 transitional homes for low-income families by the 2027-28 financial year.