HIGH TIDE (APRIL 26TH 2015) – DAILY POLITICAL ROUND-UP

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Reform campaign on a bus; SCED eyes further cooperation with ASEAN; Email of HKU president hacked. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Bus parade to promote political reform proposals.
– About 30 politically appointed officials, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam participated in a bus parade touring Kennedy Town, Lok Fu, Tai Wai, Sha Tin, Tai Po and Central to promote the political reform proposals
– The parade was described by some as “disturbing (in Chinese)”
– At least three protesters were reportedly arrested during the parade
– Lam asserted that “eligible voters in Hong Kong would have a genuine choice in picking the next Chief Executive”
– Lam later officiated the 5th Hong Kong Games opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hum, during which around 30 protesters were gathering outside the venue shouting slogans such as “I want true universal suffrage”

Elsie Leung tones down rumour on new regulation for CE appointments.
– Former Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung said (in Chinese) she has not heard of any plan by the Central Government to formulate regulation on appointing CEs while stressing that Beijing can make such move as stated in the Basic Law
– Leung also said that amendments concerning the formation of the nomination committee could be an area for both sides to make compromise
– CY Leung, meanwhile, reiterated (in Chinese) calls for lawmakers to vote for the political reform proposals or they may risk waiting for an uncertain second chance

Gregory So optimistic on free trade talks with ASEAN.
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So said (in Chinese) negotiations with ASEAN on striking a free trade deal have been progressing well and is expected to be completed by next year
– So met with ministers from Cambodia and Malaysia and will join CY Leung to attend the 12th ASEAN Leadership Forum later today

Politics (general)

HKU Vice-Chancellor’s email hacked.
– The email account of HKU’s Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson has reportedly been hacked
– It was known that some of the emails accessed contain confidential information while the university to refused to comment what the information was about

Signatories not enough to launch HKFS pull-out referendum in CUHK.
– It was reported (in Chinese) that a petition held by Chinese University’s students to leave the Hong Kong Federation of Students failed to gather enough signatories for a referendum as only 662 students signed the petition while 809 was the minimum requirement
– A CUHK concern group said it will discuss with the students’ union on the possibility of launching a referendum directly