High Tide (August 9th 2015) – Daily political round up

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HK endures hottest day ever recorded; HKU to report criminal acts by students to police; Youth groups told to follow the ‘general trends of history’. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Cultural Centre a residence for voter registration?
– Tsim Sha Tsui’s Cultural Centre was recently added to the list of unusual residence – after the Island Shangri-la – as one person registered the address for voter registration ahead of the district council elections
– Cultural Centre staff said the name of the person did not appear on the staff list, nor was there any staff living on the premises
– The Electoral Affairs Commission declined to comment on individual case but stated that it would “contact the voter to verify the address”

PRC Vice President receives youth groups in Beijing, calling on HnogKongers to “follow general trends of history”.
– 1,800 young people from Hong Kong were greeted (ch) by PRC Vice President Li Yuanchao as they visited Beijing on an innovation and entrepreneurship exchange trip
– The Liaison Office earlier received a sudden notice from the central government forbidding media coverage on the event
– An post-event official press release was issued, with Li reportedly calling on young people from Hong Kong to “follow the general trends of history” and seize the entrepreneurial opportunities in the ‘China Dream’

Political (General)

Hong Kong endures hottest day in history.
– Yesterday recorded the highest temperature of 36.3°C ever since the Hong Kong Observatory started collecting temperature data in 1885
– The figure broke the last record of 36.1°C made in 1990 and 1900
– Happy Valley, Sheung Shui, Wong Tai Sin, Tseung Kwan O and Sham Shui Po also recorded maximum temperatures above 36°C, breaking their respective records with 37.9°C, 37.8°C, 37.6°C, 37.6°C and 37.3°C

HKU to refer to police cases of criminal offences over students storming its council meeting.
– In a recent letter to staff, students and alumni, Vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong Peter Mathieson stated that the university would report to police if there was evidence of criminal offences committed when students earlier stormed the council meeting over the appointment – or rather the delay of appointment – of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor
– The HKU Students’ Union already announced that its members would not storm the next council meeting to avoid diverting the focus from the key issue
– Meanwhile, it was reported (ch) that a HKU alumni ‘was being signed’ to a petition condemning the radical acts of the students with signatories including former Architectural, Surveying and Planning lawmaker Kaizer Lau, former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee, NPC delegate Choy So-yuk, and Honorary Chairperson of the Liberal Party Miriam Lau

40% of escalators at risk.
– It was reported (ch) that 3600 out of 9000 escalators in Hong Kong have been operating for more than 20 years
– Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system, for example, was in place for 22 years
– The Government is planning to launch reparation works in stages from 2017 to 2023

Justice Alliance Party, led by Lee See-yin, eyes a “brush-up” in upcoming DC elections.
– Loyalist Lee See-yin was elected as the Chairwoman of the newly established Justice Alliance Party
– Lee said about 1,000 people have shown interests in joining the party, and that several members would participate in the upcoming district council elections
– Lee described her party as “the most destitute political party” and stressed they would not receive foreign financial supports