High Tide (August 5th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Labour Dept to probe DSC closure; Arthur Li claims to be punched by students; Lai Tai-fai’s football club metaphor (on Beijing and CY Leung). Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Anthony Cheung and Raymond Tam to attend inter-city forum in Taoyuan.
– Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam will depart for Taiyuan today to attend the Hong Kong-Taoyuan Inter-city Forum 2015
– The forum will focus on forging new business opportunities by taking advantages of airport and city development
– This is the third inter-city forum co-hosted by Hong Kong and Taiwan, the previous two forums were held in Taipei and Taichung respectively

Labour Department to probe DSC closure over unpaid wages.
– About 200 DSC employees out of 900 who were laid off attended a meeting with the Labour Department representatives under the assistance of the pro-est Federation of Trade Unions (FTU)
– The department vows to look into the possibility of launching a criminal charge against DSC’s boss if it was evident that last month’s salaries to some 400 employees were deferred on purpose
– A representative from the Consumer Council also noted that the council received about 820 inquiries and complaints against the financially troubled furniture and home appliances retailer over the past two days

Political (General)

Excessive lead in water found in private development The Caldecott.
– Lead-in-water fear spilled over to upmarket private housing as The Caldecott in Cheung Sha Wan recorded water with lead level twice the World Health Organisation’s standard in a kitchen for the property’s banquet hall
– The water test was conducted by the property’s owners’ corporation
– The Guardian Property Management, the management firm, confirmed the finding but urged residents not to panic over “some minor irregularity”

Arthur Li refuses to retract his words on “Red Guards-like” students.
– The University of Hong Kong Council member and executive councillor Arthur Li refused to retract his remarks which compared students who earlier stormed the HKU Council’s meeting to the Red Guards, saying that the Red Guards also forced professors to come out and apologise in the earlier days of the Cultural Revolution
– Li meanwhile claimed that he was punched in his kidney when trying to leaving the students-packed venue
– The University’s vice-chancellor Peter Mathieson sent a letter to school members saying that the Council had approved the appointment of Professor Paul Tam as the interim provost until a candidate for the position is confirmed

Lam Tai-fai joins Jasper Tsang and James Tien to open fire on CY Leung.
– Exco member and independent lawmaker Lam Tai-fai became the latest figure from the pro-est camp to open fire on CY Leung
– In an AM730 commentary (ch), Lam used the example of football clubs and said that a club owner can change a coach who only uses players who are close to him but fail to deliver
– It was believed that Lam was comparing CY Leung to the coach and Beijing to the club owner