High Tide (August 30th 2015) – Daily political round up

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EDB retracts provoking statement on water tests in schools; Govt hits back at James Tien over HKU appointment. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Education Bureau retracts provoking wordings on schools carrying out water tests.
– The Education Bureau released a statement concerning lead in drinking water in schools, in which it retracted wordings that dissuaded schools from carrying out water tests after criticisms from Education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen and school organisations
– Ip also slammed the authority for not assigning a representative to attend a LegCo special meeting on lead-in-water on Sept 1
– It was stated that the Government Logistics Department would assist kindergartens and schools, including those built before 2005 and those non-Government built schools completed in or after 2005, for bulk purchase of water filters
– Meanwhile, the Education Bureau released the latest School Administration Guide, requiring (ch) schools to “dial 999 immediately” when handling serious or life-threatening accidents in the wake of school staff failing to call the emergency hotline following a school girl’s fatal fall two years ago

Development minister admits public outrage over axing of four ancient trees.
– In an RTHK interview, Secretary for Development Paul Chan admitted that the authorities handling of axing of four banyan trees in the Mid-Levels “did cause a public outrage” and has “room for improvement”
– Chan vowed to review communication between government departments and to study a risk assessment system for chopping of “old and valuable” trees

Government “deeply regrets” James Tien’s remarks over HKU appointment.
– The Government hit back at Liberal Party’s James Tien following his accusation on the Government and Liaison Office meddling with the Hong Kong University appointment of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor
– Responding to Tien’s remarks, a government spokesperson said the accusation was “totally unfounded“, without giving further explanation

Gregory So visits food trucks in San Francisco.
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So met with officials of the San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Department of Public Health as well as representatives of the San Francisco Small Business Assistance Center after concluding his visit to Chile and Mexico
– So then viewed the operation of food trucks in the city, which was also part of his schedule during a trip to Australia about two weeks earlier

Political (General)

Independence movement not an issue, says Tsinghua law dean.
– When attending a discussion forum on the Basic Law in Hong Kong, Dean of Tsinghua Law School Wang Zhenmin dismissed (ch) the Hong Kong independence movement as an issue that demands attention as there is only a very small proportion of the population supporting the cause
– Wang also argued that there is no urgent need to revise the Basic Law and that while it is normal for HongKongers to stress self-administration under “Two Systems”, they should also recognise the benefits and opportunities brought about under the “One Country” principle.
– Also attending the discussion forum was Basic Law Committee member and Deputy of Hong Kong to NPC Maria Tam