High Tide (May 24th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Late invitation to meet with Central officials; Senior Officials missing at reform hearing; Pan-dem lawmakers blast radical protests over undocumented boy. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Pan-dem lawmakers divided over meeting with Central officials.
– The Government has invited all LegCo members, including Pan-dem lawmakers to a meeting in Shenzhen with the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Director Wang Guangya, Basic Law Committee Chairman Li Fei, and director of the Liaison Office Zhang Xiaoming
– The meeting was scheduled on May 31, the same day Pan-dems planned to hold a pre-June 4th massacre protest
– Alan Leong has called for a special “lunch box” meeting (last night) to discuss the issue
– Civic Party’s Ronny Tong and DAPL’s Frederick Fung have expressed intention to attend the meeting while Democratic Party’s Emily Lau, Neo Democrat’s Gary Fan and Civic Party’s Chan Ka-lok said they will refuse the invitation

Senior officials absent at the public hearing on political reform proposals.
– 165 deputations/individuals were invited to attend the second meeting of the LegCo subcommittee on political reform proposals
– Pan-dem lawmakers slammed the Government’s attitude toward the meeting as it only assigned a Deputy Secretary and a Political Assistant to come to the meeting
– The public hearing was adjourned for a while at noon as it did not meet quorum

Gregory So concludes investment promotion deal with Canada at APEC ministerial meeting.
– The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So and the Canadian Minister of International Trade Edward Fast held a bilateral meeting at the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Boracay, the Philippines, and concluded negotiation of an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA)
– This will be the 18th IPPA that Hong Kong has signed with other economies
– So also met with the Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen and the Minister of Commerce of Thailand General Chatchai Sarikulya, and held bilateral meetings with the Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Philippines Gregory Domingo

Politics (general)

Lawmakers blasted radicals over the case of hiding 12-year-old boy.
Protests by radical groups against Chan Yuen-han, pro-establishment Federation of Trade Union’s leader, and a primary school received condemnations from Pan-dem lawmakers
– Chan and the primary school were accused by the radicals of assisting an undocumented 12-year-old boy from the mainland to stay in Hong Kong and receive possible education
– A pupil of the school burst into tears after seeing protest posters plastered on the school doors
– Education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, Democratic Party’s James To, and even the more radical Leung Kwok-hung from League of Social Democrats criticised the protests as the school has nothing to do with the boy being able to stay in the city
– Secretary for Education Eddie Ng said, “I feel very much regretted of this kind of behaviour…my colleagues in the Education Bureau have already been in touch with various government departments as well as the potential school principal, in terms of assessments of needs and so on, pending valid approval and permit and that “Wai Chai” (the boy) could be meeting with the criteria in schooling.”