High Tide (July 31st 2015) – Daily political round up

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HKU deans urge upholding academic freedom; SNP head opens green office in HK; Activist jailed for ‘breast assault’. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Housing Authority review committee meet as the list of tainted estates extends.
– The Housing Authority’s Review Committee on Quality Assurance Issues Relating to Fresh Water Supply of Public Housing Estates held its first meeting yesterday
– Committee members were briefed by the Housing Department on the existing water quality control and monitoring mechanism and will review the current arrangements on a weekly basis
– Meanwhile, the pro-est DAB, after conducting its own water test at Un Chau Estate in Cheung Sha Wan, found (ch) that 6 out of 47 samples contained lead level exceeding the international standard


Scottish First Minister opens green office in Hong Kong.
– Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Hong Kong on a mission to open the University of Edinburgh’s first overseas innovation centre
– The First Minister said the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park office which promotes low-carbon technologies was also “the first education institution in the world to establish a low-carbon research and innovation centre in another country”
– The Scottish National Party leader, meanwhile, noted that Hong Kong could learn from the Scottish referendum, stressing that “protest should be peaceful, democratic and positive”
– Sturgeon will meet with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

Political (General)

HKU deans call upon sides in delayed senior appointment to uphold academic freedom.
– All 10 deans of the University of Hong Kong issued a joint statement urging adherence to the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy in regards to the controversial delay of the appointment of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan as the university’s pro-vice-president
– The deans, meanwhile, expressed “dismay” at students storming the HKU Council’s meeting on Tuesday, saying that they “cannot condone uncivil activity that seeks to disrupt normal operations of the university”
– Chan was a former law dean

Activist sentenced to 3.5 months imprisonment for breast assault.
– Four activists who were convicted of assaulting a police officer and obstructing police during an anti-parallel trader protest were found guilty in the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts
– One of them was convicted of assaulting a police officer with her breast and was sentenced to three-and-a-half-month imprisonment
– The impartiality of the Magistrate was questioned as he is the chairman of the Hong Kong Student Aid Society, with Regina Leung, CY Leung’s spouse, as the organisation’s patron

Jasper Tsang dismisses “high-handed” approach to governance.
– LegCo President Jasper Tsang wrote yet another commentary (ch) on leadership and governance
– In the commentary, Tsang said those who don’t know how to appeal to the mass also tend to lack the wisdom to judge the situation, and hence “they don’t know when to be lenient and when to be harsh, often opting in favour of the latter”
– Meanwhile, Director of the State Council’s Office of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Wang Guangya noted (ch) that Beijing will strengthen exchanges between young people from Hong Kong and the mainland, stressing the importance to have a clear stance opposing to “wicked ideas” such as “city-state self-determination” and Hong Kong independence