Officials’ ‘low profile’ campaign; HKD6.36 billion Kai Tak projects approved; 47% support political reform. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher
Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)
Officials’ ‘low-profile’ reform promotion campaign.
– Several senior officials, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, were spotted (in Chinese) promoting the political reform proposals on streets (not on bus this time) without informing the media in prior
– Lam was embarrassed as she faced an unexpected protest during a public discussing session held by the Pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions
– CY Leung slammed protesters for deliberately targeting officials and described the action as “barbarian (in Chinese)”
– The Hong Kong Journalists Association criticised (in Chinese) the Government for depriving the public of its right to know
Immigration Department to launch pilot admission scheme for second generation of Chinese HK permanent residents.
– The Immigration Department announced that it is going to implement a pilot Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese HK Permanent Residents (ASSG) and enhancements to the admission arrangements for talent on May 4
– Under the Scheme, there is no quota and job offer is not required for the second generation of Chinese HK permanent residents who have emigrated overseas and wish to return to the city
– Other enhancements include relaxing the stay arrangements under various talent admission schemes
Panel on Development approves HKD6.36 billion projects for Kai Tak Development.
– The LegCo’s Panel on Development approved (in Chinese) a HKD5.75 billion infrastructure works for developments at the southern part of the former Kai Tak airport runway
– Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung questioned the authorities’ budget to include a HKD2 billion reserve in the application
– The Panel also approved a HKD600 million project to install District Cooling System at the Kai Tak Development
Transport Advisory Committee discusses tunnel toll rises and school buses supply.
– The Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) members discussed the application from the Tate’s Cairn Tunnel Company Ltd to increase the toll and will submit its recommendation to the CE in Council
– The TAC members were also briefed on the supply and demand situation of school buses under the Public Transport Strategy Study and a working group has been set up to explore the issue
Government to provide HK$50 million relief fund to Nepal.
– The Government announced that it will apply for a supplementary provision of HKD50 million from the LegCo’s Financial Committee to the Government of Nepal as a donation to their relief work
– It was reported that about 10 HongKongers who were in Nepal during the earthquake had already arrived back in the town
– A joint -university rolling survey conducted by the Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey (CCPOS) of CUHK, the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of HKU, and the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS) of PolyU released its first round results
– About 47% of respondents interviewed support the government reform while 38% oppose it – more than the opponents, but less than half
– The poll will continue until the day before the LegCo casts its vote with no less than 200 samples a day