High Tide (June 29th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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Travel alert on Korea to be lifted if no further MERS case in 28 days; 5 arrested as localist clash with Mandarin ‘square dancers’; LGBT advocacy group to hold major event in September. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Ko Wing-man: Travel alert to Korea will be lifted if no additional case is reported in 28 days.
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the authorities will remove the travel alert imposed on South Korea if no additional MERS case is confirmed in two cycles of incubation or 28 days
– Meanwhile, in response to an explosion caused by flammable powder at a water park in Taiwan, Ko said (ch) the Government will review to see if there is a need to further regulate the use of colour powder – it was noted that the same flammable powder was used at last year’s ‘The Colour Run” event in Hong Kong

SDEV optimistic over achieving private housing supply target in 2015.
– Secretary for Development Paul Chan said (ch) he is confident that the Government’s target on land supply for 19,000 private housing units in 2015 can be reached, while stressing that the needs of relocated inhabitants will be taken into concern
– Chan meanwhile noted that the Government is conducting a study tackle the issue of “brownfield sites” to facilitate the Hung Sui-kiu outline zoning plan
– It was reported (ch) that the Planning Department will restrict for the first time the use of ground floor units in the planned shopping street areas in Hung Sui-kiu to raise patronage

Political (General)

5 arrested as localists’ protest against ‘square dancing’ turns violent.
– Four men and a woman were reportedly held by the Police after clashes between ‘localists’ and ‘blue-ribbons’ in a ‘square dancing’ row
– The localists protested against a group of Mandarin musicians who regularly assemble in Sai Yeung Choi Street South, accusing them of causing annoyance
– Violence erupted as pro-Beijing loyalists joint the row and pepper spray was deployed by the Police
– The Police “condemned the unlawful behaviours of protesters…will conduct follow-up investigations and will not rule out the possibility of further arrest action”
– Meanwhile, student leader Joshua Wong and his girlfriend were assaulted by an identified man on the way to Mong Kok station after watching a film at the Olympian City last night and were taken to Kwong Wah Hospital for treatment

Walk-out lawmakers bow in apology at City Forum.
– Unionist Wong Kwok-kin  and Michael Tien from New People’s Party bowed in apology at the RTHK’s City Forum for the reform vote blunder
– Tien, who is the chairman of the LegCo’s panel on transport, said the MTR Corp should bear any cost that exceed HKD80bn for the delayed high-speed rail link
– Pan-dems meanwhile called on (ch) eligible people to register to vote outside Tai Wai station
– Civic Party’s Alan Leong said his party has started discussion over candidate nomination for the LegCo Kowloon East by-election while his colleague Audrey Eu said she has no plan to participate

LGBT advocacy group to hold major event in September.
– The Big Love Alliance, an LGBT advocacy group formed by Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho, will hold (ch) a major event ‘Pink Dot’ in September to promote LGBT rights
– Ho said she is planning to commission the HKU poll research institution to conduct a survey on equality for LGBT
– The Family School Sex Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group, on the other hand, initiated a petition to voice against legalising same-sex marriage in the USA

Smokers’ rights group to set up ‘smoking points’ during July 1 march.
– A smokers’ rights group is planning (ch) to set up booths and smoking points during the July 1 march to protest against the Government’s proposal to step up tobacco control
– Convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, the march’s organiser, said the organisation never received such applications before