High Tide (August 24th 2015) – Daily political round up

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FS warns of ‘new round of financial crisis’; HKU tightens up security for upcoming Council meeting; 4 triumphs in race vs tram. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

John Tsang warns of “new round of financial crisis”.
– John Tsang urged the Government and investors to be cautious as he warned (ch) of a possible “new round of financial crisis” in face of political and economic uncertainties including tensions in Korea and devaluation of renminbi
– Tsang, meanwhile, followed the official line and praised the move to depreciate renminbi as the right direction that could help stabilise the global economy and balance of payments in the long term

Historical pawn shop under demolition deemed not worthy of higher preservation grade.
– A panel of antiquities experts concluded that the Tung Tak Pawn Shop, which was under demolition, does not worth a high historical grade
– The panel’s conclusion will be considered during an Antiquities Advisory Board special meeting tomorrow
– The Tung Tak Pawn Shop is currently considered a Grade 3 – the lowest rank – historical building, of which preservation by other means, photography for example, is adequate

Drainage Services Department launches HKD7m to clean underground drainage pipes.
– The Drainage Services Department would contribute to the current ‘Keep Clean 2015@Hong Kong: Our Home’ by cleaning drainage pipes (ch) near public hospitals, clinics, public markets
– The plan would cover a total of 86 kilometres of pipes and would cost HKD7m

Political (General)

Security tightened for upcoming HKU Council meeting.
– It was reported that the University of Hong Kong will tighten up security measures when HKU Council members meet tomorrow to discuss the controversial delayed appointment of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor
– Only those invited to the meeting will be allowed to enter the Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, where the meeting will be held, with barriers blocking the entrance
– Security checks will be conducted while students and journalists are required to stay in designated areas outside the building
– Chan confirmed that it was Edward Leong, the Council’s chairman, who approached him and invited him to apply for the post in the first place
– HKU alumni will hold an urgent meeting on September 1, during which the HKU alumni concern group led by Education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen will move a motion demanding the Council to confirm the appointment within 30 days

Only 4 manage to beat the clock in ‘Man vs Tram’ race.
– Marathon organiser Run the World held the 8.6 kilometres ‘Man vs Tram Race‘ (ch) in response to a recently retired government town planner Sit Kwok Keung, who claimed that it is faster to walk than to take the tram
– Sit’s remarks concerning abandoning tram service in Central was ridiculed in the past week
– Among some 40 participants, only 4 managed to reach the Happy Valley tram terminal faster than the tram

Voters who are mentally handicapped reveal more signs of possible vote rigging.
– It was reported that at least 47 voters registered with care homes for mentally handicapped (ch) persons as their addresses
– In one case, a moderately mentally handicapped woman said she “never learnt” and “do not know” what ‘voter’ means but was taken by a carer to vote before
– Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung raised concerns as to whether these voters registered on their own initiative