HIGH TIDE (APRIL 11TH 2015) – DAILY POLITICAL ROUND-UP

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ATV fined for wage offences; Rural leader to compensate farmer; HK becomes No.3 stock market. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Government &LegCo)

CY Leung hails Hong Kong-Shanghai economic co-operation
– Speaking at the Third Plenary Session of the Hong Kong/Shanghai Economic and Trade Co-operation Conference in Shanghai, CY Leung said that 27 “multi-dimensional, multi-layered and multi-directional” co-operation initiatives covering 10 areas have been reached
– Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, meanwhile, will visit Beijing from April 12 to 14 to to attend the 54th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation which serves as an advisory body in the area of international law

Government seeks to strengthen regulation on vessel waste pollution.
– A new regulation to tighten up control on pollution from ships will be introduced to the LegCo on April 15
– Under the new regulation, the definition of “Garbage” is expanded to include nine categories of substances, such as food waste, cooking oil and animal carcasses, of which the discharge from ships to the sea will be prohibited

Panel on Home Affairs discuss signature projects in Kowloon and NT.
– The LegCo Panel on Home Affairs discussed signature projects of Wong Tai Sin, Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin districts, including a plan to revitalise the Shing Mun River Promenade, with a combined value of around HKD343 million
– The Panel on Housing, meanwhile, visited Kwai Shing West Estate and Kwai Shing East Estate and was briefed on the latest progress of lift installation in the two estates

Appointments to councils on film development and human reproductive technology.
– The Government has appointed 18 non-official members and two ex-officio members to the Hong Kong Film Development Council with seven new appointees
– Mr Ma Fung-kwok and Dr Wilfred Wong have been re-appointed as the Council’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman
– The Government also appointed five new members to the Council on Human Reproductive Technology and re-appointed Mr Gregory Leung Wing-lup as the Chairman

MTR announces new Corporate Affairs Director.
– The MTR corporation has announced the appointment of Ms Linda So Ka-pik to head the newly established Corporate Affairs Division responsible for handling corporate relations
– So worked in the Government from 1989 to 2013 and has served as the Press Secretary to the CS for Administration and the FS

Politics (general)
ATV fined HKD690,000 for wage offences.
– More bad news for the closing ATV as it was fined HKD690,000 at Sha Tin Magistrates’ Courts for wage offences, making the total amount of fines against it HKD1.07 million
– Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung said the fine “is the highest on record…sends a very strong message to the community that the Labour Department does not tolerate any abuse, particularly the failure of employers to pay wages due to employees”
– Meanwhile, the pro-establishment lawmakers in the LegCo House Committee have voted down Claudia Mo’s proposal (in Chinese) to ask an urgent oral question regarding licence renewal of ATV
– It was reported that RTHK has proposed a “minimal set-up” to the authorities for resources if it is to air 15 or 20 minutes of news every dayRural leader, property agent found guilty for “outrageous” land acquisition.
– Chairman of the Sheung Shui Rural Committee Hau Chi-keung and a property agent were ordered by the court to pay an elderly woman Lau Oi-kui HKD1.41 million as compensation for dumping waste on her farmland in an attempt to get her off the land
– The judge wrote that “[Hau and Man] behaved in an utmost high-handed and outrageous manner…It is most disturbing that they did not shy away or stop the wrongful acts even though various government authorities had intervened”
– The 85-year-old woman was later arrested after Hau claimed that Lau has assaulted him

Hong Kong becomes world’s third largest stock market.
– Hong Kong has overtaken Japan as the world’s third largest stock market after days of active market activities triggered by inflow of capital from the mainland
– The HKMA has injected almost HKD7 billion more yesterday to stabilise the local currency
– Chief Executive of the HK Exchanges and Clearing Charles Li said the authorities are considering expanding the cap of the HK-Shanghai Stock Connect after its southbound trade hit the quota limit for the second consecutive day

Occupy student leaders charged with contempt.
– The Department of Justice has issued notice on committal proceedings to 20 Occupy protesters, including Joshua Wong and former HKFS deputy secretary-general Lester Shum, who were arrested for contempt of court when the authorities attempted to clear the Occupy area on November 26 last year
– Wong slammed the charge against him as a “political prosecution”