High Tide (August 25th 2015) – Daily political round up

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CY Leung hits back at Felix Chung; Govt urged to promote use of simplified Chinese; DPHK to field 94 candidates in DC elections. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

CY Leung rebuts attacks from Liberal Party over “appropriately proactive” policy line.
– CY Leung wrote a 3,400-Chinese-character long article (ch) defending his stance on ‘appropriately proactive’ (or rather, ‘negative interventionism‘)policy line as aresponse to criticisms from Liberal Party’s chairman Felix Chung Kwok-pan
– While Leung said he “doesn’t want to make it personal” in the beginning of the article, Chung was mentioned six times as he rebuts Chung’s argument that ‘positive non-interventionism’ should remain
– Leung further cited a LegCo meeting in 2012 when Chung called on the Government to help local business by setting up an industrial district in Myanmar, saying that Chung’s idea was even more proactive than what he is now proposing
– Chung responded by stressing that the Government should create a favourable business environment rather than telling the business sector what to do
– Meanwhile, CY Leung met Secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee Ma Xingrui at the Government House expressing “gratitude for Shenzhen’s support and collaboration in respect of economic and trade issues, youth affairs co-operation and facilitating immigration clearance between the two places”
– The two met in Shenzhen earlier in July

Matthew Cheung meets Indonesian manpower minister on domestic helpers.
– Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung received Indonesian Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri and exchanged views on issues regarding Indonesian domestic helpers (IDH) in Hong Kong
– Cheung raised concerns over the high training and intermediary fee IDHs have to pay in Indonesia, resulting in huge debts before coming to Hong Kong
– There are about 150,000 IDHs in Hong Kong, accounting for 45% of the total foreign domestic helpers population

Political (General)

Use of simplified Chinese should be promoted, study suggests.
– A study conducted by the Social Sciences Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong urged the Government to promote use of simplified Chinese through the education system
– It was found that more than 90% of Hongkongers under 30 now speak in Cantonese, English and Putonghua
– Almost 70% of Hongkongers in their twenties can speak Mandarin but only 31.6% are familiar with simplified Chinese characters

Democratic Party raises concerns over new pro-democracy groups parachuting into constituencies.
– Democratic Party revealed its plan to field 94 candidates in the upcoming district council elections – down by 30% compared to the team in 2011
– Vice-chairpersons Lo Kin-hei and Andrew Wan meanwhile raised concerns over new pro-democracy groups, including Youngspiration and North of the Rings, parachuting into 14 districts that have candidates representing the Democratic Party or pan-dems
– Wan said Democratic Party will strive to coordinate with different pro-democracy groups to the last minute but stressed this does not mean giving up certain constituencies

TVB apologises for using national flag of PRC in war documentary.
– TVB apologised (ch) for using the national flag of PRC when that of ROC should instead be used in a documentary about the Second Sino-Japanese War broadcast on Aug 23
– The ‘mistake’ was spotted by an active online influencer Kay Lam, who blasted TVB for distorting history
– The Communications Authority said it had received 620 complaints over the blunder by yesterday 5pm