High Tide (October 2nd 2015) – Daily political round up

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Politicians and youngsters urged to learn more about the country; Contractor of HZMB found pouring sludge illegally.

Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

CY Leung urges politicians and young people to learn more about mainland China in National Day speech
– CY Leung called on politicians and youngsters to “gain a comprehensive understanding of the country’s development from different perspectives” when delivering a speech at the National Day reception and said the “fate of the people of Hong Kong and China are intertwined”
– Meanwhile, pro-democracy and localist groups such as the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, Civic Passion and Hong Kong Localism Power held separate rallies in Wan Chai while some 100 Hongkongers clad in black and holding yellow umbrellas gathered at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Clock Tower to protest against increasing Chinese influence in the city

Government to sell four plots of land for residential land use, three of which are green belt areas under judicial review
– The Government revealed plans to sell four sites of residential land, three of which are green belt areas in Tai Po that are still under judicial review after a Hong Kong Institution of Education student filed a request in May to overrule the rezoning
– Secretary for Development Paul Chan said the authorities “have sufficient legal basis to proceed with the sites” which will provide some 2,850 housing units upon the Town Planning Board’s approval

Political (General)

More trouble for Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macao Bridge project as contractor was found pouring sludge illegally
– China State Construction Engineering (HK) (CSCE), contractor of the troubled Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, was found dumping unprocessed sludge (ch) into the sea, breaching the requirements under the Environmental Permits
– The Highways Department confirmed the issue and stated that the contractor had already been warned
– CSCE was earlier banned by the Housing Authority from seven new residential projects as it was one of the contractors involved in the lead-in-water scandal

Ip Kwok-him to withdraw from DC elections as nomination period starts
– As nomination period for District Council elections starts today, DAB heavyweight Ip Kwok-him (ch) confirmed that he will not stand in the polls
– DAB’s chairwoman Starry Lee also confirmed that there are 10 district councillors, including Ip, from the party who will not seek another term
– Meanwhile, Democratic Party’s Albert Ho and pro-est unionist Chan Yuen-han both said they may not run for the District Council (Second) (ch) functional constituency seats in LegCo next year

Former Chief Secretary backs Li Ka-shing on social media
– Former Chief Secretary Henry Tang voiced support for Li Ka-shing on his Tencent weibo (ch) account in face of criticisms from state media targeting the billionaire
– Tang said the accusation against Li that he is withdrawing from the mainland market is “neither true nor fair” and that “the reorganisation [of Li’s corporation] was in accordance with market-oriented practices and conformed to the development and arrangements on the mainland”