The week ahead June 15

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Big week for LegCo in years as members will finally vote on the reform package. A three-day debate is scheduled for it and the voting will take place on Friday.

June 15 Monday

 

MERS outbreak in Korea

Panel on Health Services today will discuss the measures for the prevention and control of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). There are 144 confirmed MERS cases in Korea as at 14 June 2015. A total of 1,155 MERS cases have been reported to the World Health Organization, including at least 444 deaths. Of these cases reported to WHO, 1,130 (98%) were confirmed in nine Middle East countries, including 1,015 in Saudi Arabia, 73 in the United Arab Emirates, 13 in Jordan, 12 in Qatar, six each in Iran and Oman, three in Kuwait, and one each in Lebanon and Yemen. Security Bureau issued a red Outbound Travel Alert on Korea on 9 June 2015.

 

June 16 Tuesday

 

West Kowloon Cultural District seeks funding for construction

Last week at the Public Works Subcommittee, members adjourned the discussion to increase the project estimate of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities by $5,461.1 million (from $30,433.9 million to $35,895 million).

In today’s meeting, members will debate on the controversial funding proposals for the West Kowloon Cultural District:

  • $840.5 million for the first phase of construction of the Park, Xiqu Centre, M+ and other facilities in the Artist Square Development Area.
  • $2,919.5 million for the “Integrated Basement for West Kowloon Cultural District – first and second stages of design, site investigation and construction works”.

 

Discussion on MTR’s former CEO

Panel on Transport will discuss the early termination of employment contract of Mr Jay Walder, former CEO of MTR. Mr Walder left his job on 15 August 2014, a year earlier than scheduled, and was found to receive $5.8 million in base pay, allowances and benefits, plus a contractual settlement of $15.7 million on the termination of his employment contract. The public reacted to his compensation with uproar in light of his poor judgment in monitoring the express railway project and other construction projects that have delayed in completion.

 

June 17 Wednesday

 

Government reform package to be debated in LegCo

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam will move a motion and officialy table the reform package in LegCo. Members are only allowed to speak once. Debate will likely last for three days.

 

June 5 Friday

 

Finance Committee suspended for reform package vote

Meeting of the Finance Committee will be canceled due to the Council meeting. Members are due to vote on the reform package today. Pan-dems say they are steadfast to vote down the proposal.