High Tide (August 2nd 2015) – Daily political round up

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Govt lifts travel alert to Korea; Johannes Chan refuses to back down; CPPCC delegate faces charge over alleged bribery. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government lifts red travel alert on Korea.
– The Government removed the Red Outbound Travel Alert to Korea based on the latest risk assessment of the MERS situation in Korea
– The authorities also announced that the response level for MERS was lowered from “Serious” to “Alert” for public hospitals
– The decisions were made after the South Korean authorities detected no new cases within 28 days

CS launches cleaning campaign amid plea for water test for tainted estate.
– Chief Secretary and Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam kick-started a two-month citywide clean-up drive, “Keep Clean 2015 @ Hong Kong Our Home”, in Tsim Sha Tsui with four other ministers and chairmen and vice-chairmen of the 18 district councils
– The campaign will be coordinated among eight bureaux, 19 Government departments and public organisation
– More than 90 events will be organised
– The initiative was awkwardly raised by CY Leung during a LegCo Q&A session in early July
– As Lam left the launch ceremony, Sha Tin district councillor Yau Man-chun from Neo Democrats knelt (ch) to urge Lam to carry out water test for residents of the lead tainted Shui Chuen O Estate but was snubbed by Lam
RTHK reported the Government approved the use of valves in pipes containing 4% to 9% of lead in Kai Ching Estate according to a official document

Police seeks advice from Department of Justice over baton assault case.
– Police’s operations director Alan Lau Yip-shing said the force was seeking advice from the Department of Justice over charges against a recently retired police superintendent reportedly assaulting Occupy protesters with his baton
– The Independent Police Complaints Council earlier upheld the decision that the charges were evident
– Lau noted that the Occupy Movement was one of the most serious challenges the force faced in recent years while stressing that the force valued public opinion
– Meanwhile, the pro-establishment group Alliance in Support of Our Police Force, led by Lee See-yin, celebrated its one-year anniversary in Central while members of Civic Passion and Hong Kong Indigenous protesting near the venue

Political (General)

HKU pro-vice chancellor candidate refuses to back down.
– Pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan said he would not withdraw from the application process to become pro-vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong
– Chan said withdrawing would mean “abandoning the pursuit for academic freedom and autonomy”
– Two council members who voted against delaying the appointment, Associate Professor Cheung Kei-chung, and alumnus and journalist Man Cheuk-fei, said there was a need to reform the council amid increasing outside influence

CPPCC delegate faces charge over alleged bribery.
– Pro-Beijing lawyer and CPPCC delegate Kennedy Wong Ying-ho and two other men have been charged by the ICAC for allegedly offering illicit payments to a former director of a listed company
– All three were current and former directors of Perfect Ace Investments
– Wong and the other two allegedly offered an advantage to the executive director of Ocean Grand Chemicals Holdings, a public-listed company that entered into a restructuring agreement with Perfect Ace