High Tide (August 21st 2015) – Daily political round up

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Customs officers disappointed by choice of new commissioner; HKU provost appointment “can be made by Aug”; ‘New Asia’ TV service plans revealed. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Customs officers disappointed by sixth AO Commissioner since handover.
– The Government appointed former RTHK chief Roy Tang Yun-kwong as Commissioner of Customs and Excise
– Two unions of the Customs and Excise Department expressed disappointmentover the appointment as this was the sixth time an administrative officer (AO) was chosen over officers from its internal ranks
– Tang faced similar opposition when he was tapped Director of Broadcasting and Head of RTHK back in 2011

Court of Final Appeal to return to its rightful location under the ‘watch’ of Themis.
– The Court of Final Appeal will be restored back to its rightful location at 8 Jackson Road, previous used as the LegCo Building, starting from September 7
– Accompanying the move was the launch of a Judiciary logo “to signify its institutionally independent status”

The Ombudsman raise concerns over leaks of private water pipes and fire safety regulation for NT houses.
– The Ombudsman issued reports of two direct investigations over the Water Supplies Department’s handling of water pipe leaks in private housing as well as regulation of fire safety measures for New Territories exempted houses
– It was said that government authorities responsible for the two concerned areas had failed to exercise satisfactory enforcement

Political (General)

HKU Council chief says announcement over provost appointment can be made in Tuesday.
– University of Hong Kong Council chairman Edward Leong reveals that the appointment of its provost (ch) could be made by the end of this month
– Leong said the Council may announce more details regarding the issue after its meeting on next Tuesday
– The HKU alumni concern group will hold a meeting tomorrow evening – its convenor, Education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said the group will not storm the meeting
– Professor Timothy O’Leary, head of the School of Humanities at HKU, ridiculed the Council’s decision to delay the appointment of pro-democracy Johannes Chan as its pro-vice-chancellor, saying that “[t]he explanation given by the council chairman, that we must wait until a new provost is appointed, is absurd in the extreme”

Online station host claims he offers “subsidies” to DC candidates for “experiment” purpose.
– Two post-Umbrella Movement organisations, namely Youngspiration and East Kowloon Community concern group, said they were approached (ch) by a man called Anthony Cheng
– It was said that Cheng offered the two groups HKD150,000 each, asking them to target the pan-dems during the upcoming district council elections
– Cheng claimed that he is a host of online platform OurTV and said the offer was merely an experiment to test the groups for scoop

Son of former ATV chief reveals plan for his free TV programme services.
– Property tycoon David Chiu Tat-cheong, son of late ATV owner Deacon Chiu Te-ken, unveiled his HKD410m plan in bid of setting up a new free TV station he named “New Asia
– Forever Top, a consortium led by Chiu and MGM China co-chairman Pansy Ho Chiu-king, is proposing to set up three channels, namely a Cantonese entertainment channel, an English business news channel and a sports channel
– Chiu said the new station “will not stand against China” and will start airing programmes six month after a TV licence is secured