High Tide (May 31st 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Two close contacts of Mers patient quarantined; Lights dim on last-ditch meeting in Shenzhen; 300 join ‘localist’ march.


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

18 quarantined, including two who refused to follow the order, remain asymptomatic on MERS case.
– A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection confirmed that all 18 close contacts of a MERS patient have been quarantined in Lady MacLehose Holiday Village and have remained asymptomatic
– 2 female Korean tourists, who were among the 18 people, earlier refused to be quarantined while one was found wandering in Causeway Bay
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the two tourists accepted to be quarantined with the assistance from South Korean Consulate-General

Carrie Lam (and Ronny Tong) pull cold water ahead of Shenzhen meeting.
– Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who will chair the meeting between lawmakers and Beijing officials on political reform later today, reiterated that the Government has no intention to ‘democratise’ the 1,200 strong nomination committee
– Meanwhile, Civil Party’s Ronny Tong said (in Chinese) he was disappointed by his party’s increasingly radical stance but stressed that he will block the reform proposal in LegCo if no amendment can be compromised
– League of Social Democrats’ Leung Kwok-hung was refused a permit to enter mainland while Labour Party’s Cyd Ho only received a one-time permit in the last minute
– The Liaison Office said the refusal was based on Leung’s past and recent behaviours.

Politics (general)

About 300 people join ‘localist’ march.
– About 300 people joint (in Chinese) a ‘localist’ march from Charter Garden to the Police Headquarters in Wan Chai and to the LegCo complex, protesting against the Chinese Communist authority, CY Leung and the Police Force
– Some held banners saying “I am not a Chinese” while one protester hoisted the flag of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force
– It was reported that some metal barricades in front of a LegCo entrance have been removed
– Meanwhile, a Regional Crime Unit squad was tasked to follow up on People Power’s Tam Tak-chi, who was earlier arrested for claiming that he will place explosives on the route of leftist leader Yeung Kwong’s hearse on the internet, on breaching LegCo order when being asked to leave a LegCo committee meeting

Equal Opportunities Commission to review ethnic discrimination in banks.
– The Equal Opportunities Commission will tackle banks’ treatment of customers from ethnic minorities for the first time
– It was reported that a Pakistani businessman has made a complaint to the commission over a case in which he claim to be discriminated when seeking to reopen a bank account in Standard Chartered
– A commission spokesperson said it would hold seminars to train bank staff over discrimination laws

SUs from four universities to join June 4th vigil in Victoria Park.
– Representatives from the students’ unions of UST, Lingnan University and Shue Yan University joint (in Chinese) the Chinese University’s Student Union (CUSU) event to clean up the statue of democracy in the campus
– The president of CUSU confirmed that all four participating groups will attend the June 4th vigil in Victoria Park
– The students’ union of HKU earlier stated the it will organise a separate vigil in its campus