High Tide (July 27th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Jasper Tsang slams “pig-like teammates”; Pan-dems eye communication with Beijing; Localists protest against convictions. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

SFH admits possible connection between blood lead levels and contaminated drinking water.
– When attending a media session, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the three children who were earlier found to be falling behind the developmental milestones will receive follow-up assessments at the Government’s child assessment clinic
– Meanwhile, Ko noted (ch) that the higher-than-normal blood lead levels found in 40 samples could be related to lead tainted drinking water in the public housing estates under concern

Political (General)

LegCo president mocks “pig-like teammates” over cabinet reshuffle.
– LegCo president Jasper Tsang, when attending a radio show, hit out against a gossip by some “stupid persons” over the recent cabinet reshuffle which saw his brother, former Secretary of Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, and Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang stepping down
– Tsang was referring to a Facebook post circulated on a pro-government page “Speak Out HK” shortly after the announcement of the personnel changes, which claimed that the two ministers were ousted owing to their incompetency, thinking that this could ease speculations over government officials ‘jumping ship’
– Tsang said the attempt backfired as the public would turn to focus on the performance of other ministers, and described the “stupid” officials – one of whom was widely taken as CY Leung’s information coordinator Andrew Fung Wai-kwong – as “pig-like teammates” when he shared the sound bite of the show on his Facebook page
– Tsang also claimed that the outcome would be better if the two ousted ministers were approached in a more appropriate manner

Pan-dems agree on need to communicate with Beijing.
– During the first pan-dem meeting after the political reform vote, it was agreed upon by 23 out of 27 lawmakers that communication with Beijing is desirable to avoid misinterpretation of the Hong Kong situation by the central authority
– It was stressed that the Hong Kong Government should assist in fostering such dialogues
– The camp also discussed plans to set up working groups in all 18 district in the coming year to facilitate district-level collaboration
– Meanwhile, only two moderate pan-dems Joseph Lee Kok-long representing the Health Services FC and former Civic Party member Ronny Tong were so far invited to attend the September 3 military parade in Beijing which was seen as a sign ofrapprochement from the Central Government
– Radical pan-dems such as Leung Kwok-hung (‘Long Hair’), however, are not likely to be offered an olive branch according to source

Outgoing City Forum host targeted by pro-establishment groups in his farewell show.
– Prominent media worker and former ATV journalist Joseph Tse Chi-fung chaired (ch) his last City Forum with opposition voices from the pro-establishment camp
– While yesterday’s topic was supposed to be surrounding the cabinet reshuffle, the pro-est camp were targeting Tse, accusing him and the RTHK of biased stance in favour of the pro-democracy camp
– Tse has hosted the City Forum for 12 years and was earlier asked to retire as he is about to turn 60

Localist group protests against anti-parallel trader convictions.
– About 100 people, led by the localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, marched to the High Court, rallying against convictions of anti-parallel trader protesters and chanting “safeguard localism” and “dark police, shame”
– Some protesters held up placards reading “Breast is NOT a Weapon!” in reference to a case in which a woman was found guilty assaulting a police officer with her breast

Kowloon City residents want both relic conservation and prompt rail-line completion, survey finds.
– A Kowloon City concern group conducted a survey concerning the MTR’s Shatin to Central Link and found that 39% wanted an ancient well found in the construction site to be preserved while about a third said further delay of the rail link was unacceptable