High Tide (September 23rd 2015) – Daily political round up

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CE stresses Hongkongers’ ‘rights & duties’; Chow Yung: Student leaders could “meet a sticky end”; 95 democrats to run in dc elections.

Photo Credit: Chris Lusher

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

CY Leung: Hong Kong has duties to the country
– Responding to a series of provocative remarks by key Chinese figures on Hong Kong affairs, CY Leung stressed reference to the Basic Law and said Hong Kong “has responsibilities to the country as a whole” while enjoying a high degree of autonomy and that its people “have basic rights and duties”
– Leung, meanwhile, urged the MTR Corporation to fulfill its duties as the Express Rail Link’s project manager to control cost and complete the rail link as soon as possible
– According to the latest Hong Kong University Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP), people’s confidence in Hong Kong’s future, China’s future and “One Country, Two Systems” all dropped

Reclamation works for HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project halted amid hidden blunder
– It was reported that works on the HKD7bn Hong Kong Boundary Facilities (HKBCF) reclamation, a key part of the HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project, was halted as parts of it recorded movement of up to 20 metres
– It was said that those involved with the incident were forbidden to discuss it
– The Highways Department admitted that movements “of up to 6 or 7 metres” did occur in different parts of the reclamation, which was resulted from a non-dredging seawall construction method being used in Hong Kong for the first time
– The department also stated that the project is unlikely to be completed by the end of 2016, which is already one year later than its original plan

ICAC launches lead-in-water scandal investigation
– ICAC had started an investigation into the lead-in-water scandal as to whether corruption was involved in the series of events
– The decision came two months after People Power and the Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood filed the case to the anti-graft agency

John Tsang kicks off European tour in Budapest
– Financial Secretary John Tsang started his Central Europe tour with Budapest as his first stop, during which Tsang called on Chinese Ambassador to Hungary Duan Jielong and met with Hungarian Minister for National Economy Mihaly Varga, National Bank President Gyorgy Matolcsy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Foreign Affairs & Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto
– Tsang then departed for Warsaw to have dinner with Chinese Ambassador to Poland Xu Jian

Political (General)

Student leaders could die “like Osama bin Laden”, warns Beijing loyalist
– Beijing loyalist and anti-Occupy leader Robert Chow said student leaders behind the Occupy Movement could “come to a sticky end…just like [Osama bin] Laden”
– The odd analogy came when Chow attended an interview with DBC and commented on student activists including Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Alex Chow
– Meanwhile, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said no one would be prosecuted for hanging a “I Want Genuine Universal Suffrage” banner on the Lion Rock

DPHK to field young members in upcoming DC elections
– Democratic Party will field 95 candidates in the upcoming district council elections, with an average age of 41.9, the lowest in the part three campaigns
– Fung Man-tao, 22, is the party’s youngest candidate and one of those likely to face challenge from pro-democracy side
– The party will field 13 candidates in the pan-dem’s stronghold Kwai Tsing