High Tide (May 14th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Proposed holiday on Sept 3; Complaints against IPCC “unsubstantial”; “Grade C” letter from Chow Yung. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

One-off holiday on Sept 3 proposed to mark victory anniversary.
– The Government is proposing making September 3 a one-off special holiday for the public to participate in activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Second Sino-Japanese War
– The proposal will be tabled in the LegCo on May 27
– Lawmakers in general, including Liberal Party’s James Tien and Labour Party’s Lee Cheuk-yan, tend to support the bill
– Pan-dems slammed it as a “political holiday” to follow Beijing’s call for a celebration

LegCo on tourism and West Kowloon government offices.
– Lawmakers continue debates on Budget Bill, focusing on tourism yesterday
– Pan-dems blasted the authorities for turning the city into a “paradise for parallel goods” and proposed cutting the budget for Tourism Board while the pro-establishment camp slammed the amendment as “filibustering for the sake of filibustering”
– People’s Power and League of Social Democrats have requested counting for quorum for five times, suspending the meeting for more than an hour in total
– Meanwhile, the Public Work subcommittee discussed the construction of West Kowloon Government Offices, in which the members expressed concerns over insufficient car parking places
– Democratic Party’s Helena Wong moved a motion to adjourn but was blocked by 17 to 11
– Picks for LegCo Questions: 1) CE Appointment; 2) Chinese History curriculum revision; 3) Basic Law implementation and promotion

Government considers providing lands for URA projects.
– The Government announced that there will not be substantial changes to the policies adopted by the Urban Renewal Authority and said it did not receive any proposal from the Authority on outsourcing repossession operations
– The Government, meanwhile, said it will consider offering lands to the URA for individual projects

Politics (general)

IPCC brushes off some 30,000 complaints against its members.
– A Special Panel on complaints against 10 current and former Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) members announced that all 30,748 items of incoming correspondence are either “unfounded” or “unsubstantial”
– Members under concern include Chairman Larry Kwok, Insurance lawmaker Chan Kin-por, Democratic Party’s Helena Wong and Professional Commons’ Kenneth Leung
– Most complaints concern the members “pre-set” and “biased” stance toward the Police’s handling of the Occupy Movement
– Meanwhile, the Police issued a – rather sneaky – apology to the family of the autistic man wrongly arrested for the killing of a 73-year-old man while the family insisted that they will submit a complaint to the authorities

Education Bureau urged to enhance equal opportunity for ethnic minorities in kindergartens.
– Interest group on ethnic minority rights Unison surveyed 239 kindergartens, of which 170 were covered by the Government’s voucher scheme designed to help families in need
– However, of the 170 kindergartens, more than 75% provided school notices only in Chinese
– Education Bureau was urged to put more pressure on kindergartens to enhance equal opportunity for all

Chow Yung mocked over letter to Mark Zuckerberg.
– Chow Yung, leader of the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy and lately CEO of social media group HKGpao, sent an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg over deleted posts
– Civic Party’s Claudia Mo mocked that the letter from Chow, who once led an English-language newspaper, would only attain a grade of C
– Meanwhile, it was reported (in Chinese) that Martin Lee, younger son of real estate tycoon Lee Shau-kee, was the main investor of HKGpao