High Tide (August 8th 2015) – Daily political round up

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“Serious” air pollution forecast over the weekend; Record waiting list for PRH; ‘Long Hair’ fined HKD3000 for assault. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

New broadcasting chief denies connection with Liaison Office.
– The new broadcasting and RTHK director Leung Ka-wing dismissed reports saying that he contacted the Liaison Office during the recruitment process
– Leung, meanwhile, reiterated his commitment to withstand ‘political directives’
– Leung said his priorities would be to handle the part of broadcasting spectrum released by the troubled ATV and put forth plans to help RTHK secure its new headquarters

Home Affairs Bureau launches commemoration website for victory of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
– The Home Affairs Bureau launched a website commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression
– The website contains a calendar and highlights of commemoration events that is held between July to October
– LegCo earlier approved the government’s proposal to make the anniversary day (September 3) a one-off statutory holiday

EPD warns of “Serious” air pollution as typhoon Soudelor hits Taiwan.
– The Environmental Department reported (ch) a 10+ Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) recorded in 14 out of 15 general stations yesterday between 4pm and 5pm, a record high figure ever since the current measuring system is used
– According to the HK Observatory, the weather will remain hot – and the air polluted – over the weekend under the influence of typhoon Soudelor’s outer subsiding air

Housing Authority reveals record waiting list for PRH.
– It was reported (ch) that there were currently about 282,200 public rental housing (PRH) applications on the waiting list – a historical figure
– Applicants aged under 35 constituted about 30% of the total number of applications while the average waiting time for general applicants is estimated to be 3.6 year

Government reports 8th lead-tainted estate.
– Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung added Yan On Estate in Ma On Shan to the confirmed list of lead-tainted public housing estates
– Yan On Estate is the 8th case for public housing estates completed between 2011 and 2012
– Cheung said the government will proceed to the next stage, testing water in more than 100 public housing buildings completed between 2005 to 2010

Political (General)

Mai Po under threat as high-speed rail link construction leads to leakage of underground sludge.
– Sludge was spotted (ch) pumping out from underground into fish ponds with high ecological value in Mai Po as underground pressure increased during the drilling works for the high-speed rail link
– MTR confirms the leakages but reported that the holes were soon sealed with concrete
– The Mai Po section construction work has been the major reason for the overrun and will likely to be so as ecologists called a halt to the construction works to review the environmental impact assessment

Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ fined HKD3,000 as DoJ makes successful review over assault acquittal.
– A Court decision to grant lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung acquittal over allegedly assaulting a woman during a City Forum was overturned as the Department of Justice requested a judicial review over the case
– Leung was found guilty and fined HKD3,000 in accordance
– Leung slammed the DoJ for excising a double standard that a review was called only because he is ‘Long Hair’