High Tide (September 20th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Gov’t to review digital broadcasting policy; NPP announces new policy platform; HK Geopark retains global status.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government to review digital broadcasting policy in wake of URadio withdrawal
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So noted that the Government would review policy concerning digital audio broadcasting (ch) after receiving a withdrawal application from Phoenix URadio, during which no new licence would be issued
– So rejected calls suggesting that the deferment was directed at Albert Cheng, a renowned political commentator and serial entrepreneur, who earlier revealed his intention to take over the three channels held by URadio

Political (General)

New People’s Party announces new policy platform
– New People’s Party, led by Regina Ip, announced a new policy platform which encompassed all policy fields except political reform
– The new platform proposed the establishment of a separate bureau for land development and vowed to put forth cheap (HKD3m) public housings for residents living in sub-divided units
– Ip however dodged questions as to whether the new platform would serve as her manifesto if she decided to stand for the CE election in 2017

Hong Kong Geopark passes global status revalidation
– The Hong Kong Geopark in Sai Kung and the northeastern New Territories retained global status as it passed revalidation at the Global Geoparks Network’s 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network San’in Kaigan Symposium in Japan
– Residents of Tung Ping Chau, which is located inside the park, earlier raised voice against government inaction to improve the island’s infrastructure and hoped the island would be removed from the list
– A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation said facilities and transportation would be enhanced

‘Shopping tour’ activists hold brief protest against minibus company that blocked roads earlier in Mong Kok
– Dozens of Gau Wu (ch – ‘shopping tour’) activists gathered near the Chiu Luen minibus stop in Mong Kok yesterday night in protest of minibus drivers not being charged despite a recent action to block roads against police enforcement
– The protest was brief as the crowd dissipated in face of increasing police presence at the spot