High Tide (September 11th 2015) – Daily political round up

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ATV announces HKD5.1bn investment deal; No consensus reached on Sept 28 anniversary commemoration; HK could face FIFA sanction for booing national anthem. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Nine public housing estates safe from lead threat, Government announces.
– The Government released lead test results of water samples taken from nine public housing developments, all of which met the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s guideline value
– Secretary for Food and Health, who was promoting the “Keep Clean 2015@Hong Kong: Our Home” Campaign in Sham Shui Po, said there are currently around 900 people waiting for blood tests and a priority will be given to residents and students in lead-tainted public housing estates and kindergartens starting from next weekend

John Tsang holds bilateral meetings with APEC finance ministers in Cebu.
– Financial Secretary John Tsang met with US Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Finance Ramin Toloui and Minister of Finance of Thailand Apisak Tantivorawong in separate bilateral meetings on international monetary affairs and developments of the emerging markets in Asia ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) in Cebu, the Philippines
– Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will visit Australia from Sept 13 to 19 and meet with senior officials, Members of Parliament, business and community leaders in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney

Political (General)

ATV announces HKD5.1bn deal with mainland investor. 
– The troubled Asia Television announced a HKD5.1bn deal with China Culture Media International, a consortium of mainland investors who bought a 41.66% of ATV stake from major shareholder Wong Ben-koon
– It was revealed that the consortium will inject a total of HKD10bn into the broadcaster over six years with no further details over the financial source
– ATV executive director Ip Ka-po trashed talks that the investment is a ‘red capital‘ and said the broadcaster would not compromise to mainland reporting preference
– The Government is yet to approve the deal

No consensus reached among pro-democracy groups over Occupy anniversary commemoration.
– The Civil Human Rights Front met with pan-dem parties, post-Umbrella groups and student leaders to discuss plans to commemorate the Sept 28 Occupy anniversary (ch) but failed to come up with a consensus
– Meanwhile, the first pan-dem coordination platform (ch) was formed in Eastern District to monitor operations and use of public resources of the district council
– NPC delegate Rita Fan echoed Beijing calls on Hong Kong democrats to become “loyal oppositions (ch)” while moderate democrate Nelson Wong said he would not mind his new political group to be identified by the seemingly twisted term

Vincent Fang agrees to drop calls to lift two-tin formula limit following meeting with CY Leung.
– Liberal Party leader Vincent Fang said his party has ceased pressing the Government to lift a two-tin limit on export of formula milk powder after a meeting with CY Leung
– The Retail lawmaker said he feared further pursuing the issue would arouse more anti-parallel trading protests, citing the one in Sheung Shui last Sunday

Hong Kong may play against China in an empty stadium as FIFA launches investigation over national anthem booing.
– FIFA said it is investigating booing of the Chinese national anthem by Hong Kong fans before a World Cup qualifier match with Qatar
– The organisation had previously issued a warning over the conduct at two other home games
– Possible sanctions could include a closed-door match for the next home qualifier against China