HIGH TIDE (MARCH 13TH 2015) – DAILY POLITICAL ROUND-UP

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First local MTR chief; Public vote on reform unimpressed; HK universities tumble. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

High Tide Special

CDNIS follow-up: Frustrated parents gathering force.
– Around 150 parents attended a meeting at the Leo Lee Arts Auditorium, many of whom voiced their opinion and requested the Head of School Dr Gregg Maloberti to step down
– An offsite meeting was scheduled for next Tuesday
Politics (government &LegCo)
First local to be appointed as MTR chief.
– Acting CEO of the MTR Corporation Lincoln Leong will become the CEO of the railway/property giant with effect from next Monday
– The appointment was questioned by FTU’s Tang Ka-piu as Leong was once involved in the Octopus leakage scandal in 2010SCMP – Lincoln Leong to head MTR Corp for next three years
The Standard – Lincoln Leong takes helm at MTRC on Monday, Stevenson retires
MingPao – 港鐵委梁國權任行政總裁 年薪逾800萬
OrientalDaily – 梁國權署任CEO受質疑
AppleDaily – 梁國權將任港鐵CEO 年薪逾800萬
852Post – 港鐵全球招聘CEO 梁國權「勢在必升」必惹爭議

Diplomat

EU Consular staff briefed on anti-money laundering.
– The EU Consular Schengen Working Group met French Police Attaché Mr Baron and was given a presentation on anti-money laundering efforts

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Politics (general)

Political figures unimpressed with calls for public vote on political reform.
– Director of the HKU Public Opinion Programme Robert Chung earlier proposed a public vote on political reform as a reference for lawmakers to follow
– Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said “there is no provision in the Basic Law for a referendum”
– Civic Party’s Alan Leong also dismissed the effect of a public vote, claiming that the majority had already made their voice in an unofficial vote last year on 6.22

Gov’t News – Political reform poll considered: SJ
SCMP– Justice secretary and pan-democrat leader wary of political reform referendum
The Standard – Call for referendum to break reform impasse
MingPao – 鍾庭耀倡政改公投 袁國強稱若泛民堅持反對無意義
AppleDaily – 鍾庭耀 倡公投解政改紛爭 倘三分二人撐政府 泛民需跟隨
AM730 – 李家傑批評鍾庭耀 用民調為反對派造勢
PassionTimes – 鍾庭耀倡全民投票解決政改爭議 建制泛民反應冷淡

China & World

Hong Kong universities tumble in World Reputation Rankings.
– The latest World Reputation Rankings published by the Times Higher Education saw Hong Kong universities underachieved
– HKU dropped from 43rd to the 51-60th band; UST plunged to the 71-80th band; CUHK was even kicked out of the top 100 list
– It was said that recent democratic movements, or rather the authorities’ handling of the movements, have aroused concerns over academic freedom in the city