High Tide (May 11th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Number game on signatory campaign; John Tsang made fun of officials; Elsie Leung on national security law. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Apology for mistaken arrest yet to come.
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man refused to comment on an individual case in which an autistic man was wrongly arrested and detained without accompany and proper medical treatment while saying that persons with autism generally need help in interpersonal communication
– The Police has yet to apologise to the family of the autistic person as Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok defended the mistaken arrest as part of the process when “finding the truth”

Wong Kam-sing: Opening up electricity market a long term goal.
– Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said while competition in the electricity market may not necessarily result in lower tariffs, it is the Government’s long term goal to open up the market which would enhance safety, stability, reasonable price and environmental protection
– Wong, meanwhile, reported (in Chinese) that the total number of cases of fixed penalty notice on plastic shopping bag charging, since full implementation, remained at eight over the weekend

Politics (general)

Government officials turn to signatory campaign on political reform.
– Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam were present at Wan Chai and Quarry Bay respectively in support (in Chinese) of the signatory campaign held by the pro-Beijing Alliance of Peace and Democracy
– Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing had earlier signed the petition with Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing showing intentions to follow so
– The Alliance claimed that another 180,000 signatories have been gathered on the second day of the campaign – credibility in question though

John Tsang ‘triumphs’ at Journalist Association annual ball.
– Financial Secretary John Tsang stole the show when he delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Journalist Association’s annual ball, in which he made (video in Cantonese) fun of political figures including CY Leung, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, Information Coordinator of the CE Office Andrew Fung
– Tsang also touched upon the growth of online media and political reform and argued that the “high wall and egg” metaphor has narrowed down room for discussion between the Government and the people

Elsie Leung: National security law won’t limit HongKongers’ freedom of speech.
– In an interview with TVB, Vice-chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee Elsie Leung stressed that while thinking of and acting to overthrow the CCP regime would be considered illegal under Article 23, the anti-secession law would also respect basic human rights of freedom of speech
– Leung said HongKongers will be free to call for an end of CCP dictatorship or Hong Kong independence even after a national security law is introduced
– However, Leung later said she could not guarantee that participating in activities to commemorate the June 4th massacre would not constitute a crime