High Tide (May 25th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Airport Authority’s efficiency in question; John Tsang on a “harvesting May”; “Groundbreaking” lawsuit over patients’ right to know. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Airport Authority’s efficiency in question after a chaotic weekend caused by thunderstorms.
– The Airport Authority announced that more than 50 flights were cancelled and 1300 delayed over the past two days
– Thousands of delayed passengers were still waiting at the Chek Lap Kok airport as more rainstorms are forecast for today
– A spokesman from the authority said the waiting time for a parking stand on Saturday was one of the longest ever
– Chairman of the LegCo’s Panel on Transport Michael Tien pledged to investigate on the authority’s ability to cope with extreme weather conditions

Civil Service Bureau open to negotiation over salaries despite cool response from police unions.
– The Civil Service Bureau said they are still open for negotiation with police staff over salaries despite staff representatives of the police unions’ refusal to meeting with civil service chief Paul Tang
– Police unions expressed discontent over pay rises and their retirement age

John Tsang on a “Harvesting May”.
– John Tsang wrote (in Chinese) on Hong Kong’s financial development and described this month as a “harvesting May”
– Tsang said the Government has paid a lot of effort to internationalise and diversify the city’s financial market in a low profile manner that the works have not received much attention from the public
– The Government will launch the roadshow for the second sukuk starting from today to promote Hong Kong as a platform to issue Islamic bonds while the HKEx will host the LME Week Asia on Wednesday to boost development in the commodity market

Politics (general)

Pan-dems launch a ‘bicycle march’ to protest against political reform. 
– The Pan-dems launched a ‘bicycle march’ against the political reform proposals while Civic Party’s Alan Leong said he hopes to understanding the views of Central officials on public opinion over the reforms in next Sunday’s meeting
– Lau Siu-Kai, vice-chairman of a high-level Beijing think tank, said however the meeting is unlikely to yield any political results
– Pro-establishment groups, meanwhile, held (in Chinese) a march to call for support to columnist Wat Wing-yin who was under criticism after defending the Police’s handling over the mistaken arrest of autistic man

International umbrella organisation to support Cathay flight attendants fight for better employment deal.
– The International Transport Workers’ Federation, whose member unions represent some 4.6 million workers worldwide, said it will try to ground Cathay planes in London, New York and Sydney if the talks between the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union and airport management failed to come to a compromise
– Talks were to restart on Wednesday upon the Government’s invitation to both sides to the Labour Department
– The federation has not intervened in a Cathay dispute since 1993, when the union launched a 17-day strike over staffing and pay

China & World

UK lawsuit over patients’ right to know “groundbreaking” for local doctors.
– The Hong Kong Medical Association is to discuss a British lawsuit which was said to have huge implications on doctors’ right to judge how and when to alert patients over complications and side effects
– The British Supreme Court earlier ruled that a mother who accused her doctor for neglecting to give her proper advice could claim HKD63 million as compensation
– President of the Medical Association Dr Louis Shih said while policies should be reviewed, there are concerns over the extent to which practitioners should tell their patients about the risks of a procedure as some of these risks can be extremely rare