High Tide (May 22nd 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Funding request for sports complex dropped; Double disappointment for Nelson Wong; 90% of business people back pol reforms. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government drops funding request for Kai Tak sports complex.
– The Government has dropped a funding request of HKD62.7 million for the pre-construction work on delayed Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex
– The Government, prior to the announcement, asked committee members to discuss the funding with two unrelated items on the agenda as a bundle or it would drop the request
– It was made clear that the move was “to deliberate on the funding proposals relating to the Liantang-Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and associated works”
– Pro-establishment lawmaker Ma Fung-kwok, who represents the sports sector, said it he appreciated the Government’s difficultly

Commission on electoral affairs proposes moving one LegCo seat from HK Island to Kowloon West.
– The Electoral Affairs Commission released a recommendations on the boundaries and names of geographical constituencies for the 2016 LegCo Election for public consultation until June 19
– A seat in Hong Kong Island, which currently has seven seats, would be moved to Kowloon West constituency “due to the change in population”
– It was predicted that Labour Party’s Cyd Ho and FTU’s Wong Kwok-hing could face fierce competition and have a high risk of being unseated if they choose to run in the constituency

Gregory So to attend APEC ministerial meeting.
– The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Boracay, the Philippines on May 23 and 24
– Trade ministers will discuss, among other things, measures to enhance the regional economic integration agenda and to foster small and medium enterprises’ participation in regional and global markets

Politics (general)

Nelson Wong’s party membership suspended despite concession to abandon controversial petition.
– The Democratic Party Central Committee has voted to suspend Nelson Wong’s party membership by 21 to 1 although Wong scrapped his controversial petition to conditionally support the political reforms shortly beforehand
– The committee will further decide whether to expel Wong within six months

Business chambers urge Pan-dem to support political reform.
– 6 prominent business chambers in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, claimed that a joint survey found 90% of business people supported the political reforms
– The chambers also dismissed suggestions to change corporate votes in the nomination committee into individual votes
– The survey was conducted among 2561 members between April 28 and May 16

Metal object in Wan Chai development project area could be HMS Tamar.
– It was suggested earlier by the Civil Engineering and Development Department that the large metal object found on seabed in the vicinity of the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier is likely to be the famous HMS Tamar which was scuttled in 1941 to prevent the British warship from falling into Japanese hands
– A spokesman of Highways Department said the work plan for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link (CWB) and the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) projects may be affected

CX flight attendants ready to go for strike action in Summer.
– About 200 members of the union converged on The airlines headquarters this morning in Chek Lap Kok
– Disgruntled members of the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union are moving closer to take strike action between August 18-31 after a promise of negotiations failed to materialise