High Tide (September 25th 2015) – Daily political round up

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The HZMB’s moving-and-dodgy island; Police watchdog yet to investigate assault case of 7 cops beating up Occupy protester; Civic Party to field 25 candidates in dc elections.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

More controversies over Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge reclamation works as focus turns to environmental compliance
– As the Highways Department attempted to downplay the significance of the ‘hzmb’s (Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge) moving island’, it also revealed that traditional rubble-mound breakwaters, which are less eco-friendly, were used for one-third of the island’s seawall, breaching the environmental compliance (ch) when the Environmental Protection Department advisory council approved the project
– The Highways Director Lau Ka-keung said the old method was adopted for the side close to the Hong Kong International Airport in order to stick to the Civil Aviation Department’s height restrictions
– However, the contractor of the project earlier attributed the sneaky move to attempting to ‘schedule refinement’

Hong Kong and the Philippines pledge cooperation on investment promotion
– InvestHK and the Board of Investments, Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) on investment promotion cooperation in Manila
– The MOI was signed by InvestHK Director-General of Investment Promotion Simon Galpin and Undersecretary for Industry Promotions Group Ponciano C Manalo in the presence of Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So
– Meanwhile, Financial Secretary John Tsang visited Dusseldorf in Germany and toured the Duisburg Port, the world’s largest inland port and the final destination of the Yuxinou (Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe) freight railway

Political (General)

Former Chief Justice defends recruitment of overseas judges amid criticism from mainland
– In response to calls from mainland to recruit local judges for Hong Kong’s courts, former Chief Justice Andrew Li said appointing overseas judges (ch) should be treated as a permanent arrangement and stressed that the practice neither violated China’s sovereignty nor Hong Kong’s autonomy
– Mainland Basic Law Committee member Rao Geping earlier said appointing overseas judges was only a transitional arrangement and should be revised 50 years after the handover
– Li meanwhile hit back at Beijing’s liaison chief Zhang Xiaoming, stressing that “no one is above the law

Former police watchdog member calls for records of police officers who gave dubious court claims against Occupy protesters
– Former Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) Eric Cheung Tat-ming said there should be a mechanism to record police officers who gaveunreliable (ch) claims when prosecuting Occupy protesters
– A total of 955 protesters were arrested during the 79-day movement and 140 had their cases closed, of which 40 prosecutions were dropped with defendants providing evidence themselves in 9 cases (22.5%)
– Meanwhile, IPCC chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong said the police watchdog is yet to start investigating the incident in which seven police officers allegedlyassaulted an Occupy activist

Civic Party to field 25 candidates in DC elections
– Civic Party’s Audrey Eu said the party is contemplating (ch) to field 25 candidates to run for the district council elections, compared to 41 candidates in 2011
– Andy Yu Tak-po, 24, in Kowloon West is the party’s youngest candidate while Tanya Chan will not stand for the elections