High Tide (October 4th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Police to review changes in riots history; Over 100 join musician protest at Tai Wai station; Chan Yuen-han will not run in next month’s DC polls.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

Paul Chan on land supply: Government’s plan not affected by short term volatility in the market
– Secretary for Development Paul Chan said the Government will supply land to the market “on a stable and sustainable basis” and will not be affected by short-term volatility in the market
– Chan said the authority will strive to sustain a yearly-supply of 19,000 housing units

Police deny political motivation in changes to 1967 riots history, pledge to review the controversial revision
– The police force pledged to set up a “high-level working group” to review controversial changes to the official account of the 1967 riots, of which the force was criticised for taking out sensitive wordings such as ‘red fat cats’ and ‘communist militia’
– The force earlier explained that the revision was made to “trim” the 1,900-page-long entry and maintained that the move was not politically motivated

Political (General)

More political figures to skip upcoming DC elections
– Pro-est heavyweight Chan Yuen-han from the Federation of Trade Unions said she will not run in next month’s district council elections
– Chan’s decision also implies that she will not seek to retain her ‘super seat’ in LegCo in next year’s polls
– Chan denied connections between the move and the ‘Wai Chai’ saga or the – literally – dumbfounded isolation by her pro-est colleagues during the last minutes of the political reform votes
– The unionist party would field 51 candidates with 29 incumbents
– Meanwhile, Ray Wong (ch) from the localist Hong Kong indigenous and Beijing-loyalist Lee See-yin both said they had opted out of standing in the dc elections

Over 100 gathers at Tai Wai MTR station in protest of ban on oversize musical instruments
– Over 100 people joined a protest at Tai Wai station against the MTR’s ban onoversize musical instruments and its staff’s seeming double-standard toward parallel traders
– Dozens of participants were professional musicians, who stuffed the two-hour protest with musical performances
– The organisers of the protest however distanced themselves from some participating localists who made parallel traders their primary targets
– Student associations of seven universities wrote a joint letter to the MTR, stating that the MTR staff had “created immense distress among music students in Hong Kong”

Senior HKU professors call for silent march in response to Johannes Chan appointment rejection
– Four academic heads at the University of Hong Kong called on their fellow academics to join a silent march on campus on Tuesday to protest against the HKU Council’s decision to turn down the appointment of Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor without explanations
– The four organisers are Professor Timothy O’Leary of the humanities school, Professor Lusina Ho of the law faculty, Professor Joseph Chan Cho-wai of the politics and public administration department, and Dr Petula Ho Sik-ying of the social work and social administration department

Members of Institute of Architects petition for voting rights extension to include fresh graduates
– 125 formal members of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) petitioned to revise the membership system to offer voting rights (ch) on LegCo’s functional constituency (Architectural, Surveying and Planning) to some 630 graduate members and associate members who do not hold professional qualifications
– The petition was initiated by pro-democracy architects group ArchiVision
– President of HKIA Vincent Ng however stressed that the tradition of granting voting rights only to full members should not be compromised
– A special meeting will be convened for members to vote on the motion