Week Review August 29th

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Week political highlights in Hong Kong which you may have missed

LegCo will investigate Lee’s case in October

ICAC raided the homes of Jimmy Lai Chi-ying and Lee Cheuk-yan (GC- NT West, Labour Party) yesterday over alleged conflicts of interest. ICAC yesterday distributed a press release stating, upon receipt of complaints of corruption accusing LegCo members of accepting advantages in breach of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, the ICAC has commenced in investigation. No arrest was made during the operation.

Lee said the investigation is related to his debate on press freedom regarding Apple Daily in LegCo meeting and the HK$500,000 donation from Lai. LegCo’s Committee on Members Interests chairman Ip Kwok-him said the committee will hold a meeting on October 6 to discuss the issue.

Closure of the old Wan Chai pier

Wan Chai (East) ferry Pier, which had serviced Hong Kong people since 1949, was closed for good after the last ferry left at 11pm last night. Starting from today, the “Wan Chai – Tsim Sha Tsui” ferry service will continue to operate at the new Wan Chai Ferry Pier, which can be accessed via the covered walkway east of the old pier.

However, the electricity supply on the second floor of the new pier, where the restaurants located, is not ready. It will take at least 6 months to finish the construction. Some have expressed concern if the new pedestrian walkway is too narrow to carry the large amount of passengers during peak hours.

Delay on the re-opening of the Civic Plaza

The Government previously announced the East Wing Forecourt (also called Civic Plaza) of the Central Government Offices, Tamar, would be closed until the end of this month. However, since construction has been affected by bad weather, administration have said the plaza would not be re-opened until September 10th.

A perimeter fence is being constructed to boost security in the area. The fence will be built along Tim Mei Avenue and the boundary between the plaza and the Legislative Council Complex. Many think the action is to prepare for future protests against the constitutional reform frameworks proposed by the Central Government.