High Tide (August 17th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Consumer Council to study Uber case; Govt received more than 5000 complaints in 2014; WWII veterans pay tribute to brave souls. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Consumer Council to study Uber’s case.
– The Consumer Council said it will look into the Uber case as it studies possibilities in opening up the taxi services market
– It was stressed that while the Council supports more competition and better-quality services, questions over insurance issue involved in using car-hailing apps would have to be dealt with
– The Council’s stance was echoed by NPC delegate and former Transport Advisory Committee chairwoman Maria Tam
– Complaints over taxi services rose from 4,670 in 2003 to 10,060 last year
– A study by the Lion Rock Institute showed that almost 70% of regular taxi service users experienced being refused (ch) by taxi drivers to take a ride

Public organisations received more than 5,000 complaints in 2014, the Ombudsman reveals.
– The Ombudsman Connie Lau Yin Hing revealed that public and governmental organisations received more than 5,000 complaints (ch) last year
– The Housing Authority and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department are the most complained bodies while 60% of the complaints were related to mistakes, delays and poor enforcement of the departments

Financial Secretary warns of “blindly following others” over ‘one belt, one road’.
– Financial Secretary John Tsang wrote on ‘one belt, one road’ on his official blog, stating that policymakers should possess the wisdom (ch) to distinguish between what is feasible and what is not
– Tsang warned of “doing for the sake of following others” as such initiatives tend to be ill-fated
– He noted Hong Kong’s innovation could be valuable to the ‘one belt, one road’ project in areas including transport, energy, water supply, medical services, telecommunications
– Tsang’s statement was seen by some as a response to CY Leung who earlier turned to stress Hong Kong’s role in the mega project

Political (General)

Veterans pay tribute to brave souls in WWII.
– Members of the Hong Kong Prisoners of War Association and the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) Association gathered at the Garden ofRemembrance outside the City Hall to pay tribute to those who gave their lives defending Hong Kong during Japanese invasion
– The war veterans were joined by representatives from the CGs of the UK, Canada, India and the US as well as Undersecretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai
– It was said that there were around 20 veterans left

Activists march in Fanling golf course, protesting against NT development plan.
– About 30 members of the Land Justice League and the Alliance for Concerning Grassroots Housing Rights broke into a golf course (ch) in Fanling and marched around the course in protest of the Government’s North East NT Development Plan
– The outline zoning plans in Fanling North and Kwu Tung North was approved by the Town Planning Board in June
– The activists blasted the Government for planning in favour of the rich and said the golf course alone could accommodate 100,000 residents