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

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Police seize “dangerous objects” outside Govt buildings; ‘Long Hair’ “made up” HKD100m figure in bribery case. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Police seize “offensive” items outside LegCo.
– Police took action to remove “dangerous objects” outside the LegCo Complex and Government Complex
– Police Commissioner Stephen Lo stressed that the move was not a clearance action
– Lo also noted that Police will assign an evidence gathering team when protests take place during the political reform debate as a customer service officer recently sued the police over his wrongful arrest and assault during the Occupy Movement
– Meanwhile, Lo, at the passing-out parade of the Police College, called for soon-to-be officers to “exercise their powers and enforce the law in a fair, just and impartial manner”

Secretary for Labour and Welfare on extending transport fee concession scheme.
– Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung noted that the $2 Public Transport Fare Concession Scheme for the Elderly and Eligible Persons with Disabilities will be extended from 407 routes to 462 routes, covering 91% of the routes, starting from June 28
– Cheung expected that subsidies to transport companies will increase from HKD5.8m to HKD9m
– Meanwhile, the Panel on Welfare Services held (ch) a special meeting to discuss the police’s procedures of dealing with persons with disabilities, during which the brother of an autistic man who was wrongly arrested earlier urged the Police to disclose its codes for related cases

Cause of multimillion-dollar air-conditioning breakdown in municipal buildings remains uncharted.
– Engineers were still unable to locate the place that went wrong in the breakdown of a multimillion-dollar air-conditioning system for City Hall and the old LegCo building
– It was said that reparation works could take months while the authorities was hiring three “air-chilling units” at a monthly cost of HKD600,000 to keep the buildings cool

Politics (general)

Political figures pay funeral tribute to Communist unionist Yeung Kwong.
– Several political figures, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, LegCo president Jasper Tsang, NPC delegate and ExCo member Cheng Yiu-tong, FTU’s Alice Mak and Kwok Wai-keung as well as Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication Ma Fung-kwok,paid (ch) funeral tribute to veteran unionist Yeung Kwong
– Funeral flowers from Liaison Office director Zhang Xiaoming and the Central Government’s United Front Work Department were also presented
– Funeral flowers with a message “Pineapple (code for bombs during the 1967 riots) fanatic Yeung Kwong” were also brought to the site but were removed by staff soon afterwards

‘Long Hair’: I made up the HKD100m bribery figure.
– Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung admitted that he “made up” the HKD100m figure of which he told RTHK about someone offering him the sum for a ‘yes’ vote on political reform in return
– Leung however stressed that the event itself did happen in which he was asked to name a price but neither the Communist Party nor the political reform were mentioned