High Tide (September 9th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Anthony Cheung: 3rd runway fee may be lowered; Malnourished girl “in stable condition”; Squatter residents can vote, court rules. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Anthony Cheung: Per-head third runway fee may be lowered.
– After chairing the first meeting of the Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung said members “by and large” supported the three-runway system project while stressing the importance of public communications and engagement
– Cheung also hinted that the proposed HKD180 Airport Construction Fee imposed on each outbound passenger may be lowered so that the charge “would not affect negatively the competitiveness of the Hong Kong International Airport vis-a-vis our neighbouring airports”
– The next meeting will be held in about two months’ time
– Meanwhile, Cheung commented on a new – and disputed – air traffic control system (ch) and said the Transport and Housing Bureau is planning to coordinate with the Civil Aviation Department to invite more overseas experts to review the system

More words from CY Leung on “unhelpful” anti-parallel trading activities.
– CY Leung said the recent anti-parallel trading protest in Sheung Shui is “completely unhelpful in building Hong Kong’s image as a city for tourists”
– Leung said the impact of a new ‘One trip per week’ policy imposed on Shenzhen residents in April “would be seen gradually” and that he would “fight for support from the central government on the policy level”

FS to join APEC meeting in Cebu as Greg So returns to Hong Kong.
– Financial Secretary John Tsang, after cheering for Hong Kong’s goals against Qatar, will depart for Cebu today for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, who was in Cebu to attend another APEC meeting on structural reform, has returned to Hong Kong

Political (General)

Social Welfare Department acquires care and protection order for malnourished girl.
– The Social Welfare Department acquired care and protection order for a malnourished girl, 7, as her parents and twin half-sisters aged 15 were bailed in a case involving suspected child abuse
– It was reported that the authorities failed to spot any issue when the girl was withdrawn from kindergarten in April when staff noticed minor injuries on the girl’s leg and when social workers made a home visit in June
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the girl “is now in a stable condition”
– Ko meanwhile said only facilities “which mainly treat patients under 6 years of age and those who will be staying in the hospital for a prolonged period” are targeted for water tests at current stage

Squatter residents have right to vote, court rules.
– A magistrate ruled that squatter residents can retain their status as eligible votersas “the illegality of the person’s residence has nothing to do with his or her right to vote”
– The decision came as the court is reviewing 728 cases of suspicious registrations brought by the electoral office
– The court also refused to remove voters who registered with commercial addresses

DoJ in second attempt to appeal against court decision on acquitting ex-TVB executive over alleged bribery.
– The Department of Justice appealed for a second time against ex-TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan and his assistant, Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun, over alleged bribery after the pair was acquitted
– The court heard Chan’s argument that he did not need to declare the payment as his boss would not mind him receiving outside accomplishments was “subjective” and insufficient
– Meanwhile, the troubled ATV was dragged into another wage dispute (ch) as 20% of its staff are still awaiting their salaries for August