High Tide (October 5th 2015) – Daily political round up

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HKU law faculty backs former dean Johannes Chan; HK Post proposes ‘de-colonialisation’ of mailboxes.

Photo: Chris Lusher


 

Government & LegCo

Financial Secretary upholds Government’s goal to stabilise property prices
– Financial Secretary John Tsang, in response to a recent UBS forecast that property prices could drop by 30%, said the Government maintained the objective of a ‘stable‘ property market
– Tsang however did not state whether the market-cooling mechanisms would be revised, with special notes on the prospect of a rise in US interest rates

Hongkong Post proposes mailboxes ‘de-colonisation’
Ming Pao reported that the Hongkong Post was proposing to cover all the royal ciphers (ch) engraved on colonial-era mailboxes
– There are 59 mailboxes of such still under service, including seven with the royal ciphers of George V (GRV), one with that of George VI (GRVI), 50 under the reign of Elizabeth II (ERII), and one with the cipher of the Scottish Crown

Political (General)

HKU faculty of law backs former dean over appointment saga
– The University of Hong Kong’s law faculty released a statement defending former dean Johannes Chan against “unfair criticisms” toward Chan by some HKU Council member as revealed by student representative Billy Fung
– “Chan is internationally recognised as a leading scholar in his field. He was appointed dean of law for his vision, his leadership, his integrity, his passion for legal education, and above all his outstanding abilities. We have been fortunate to have him at the helm of the faculty,” the statement read
– Council member Arthur Li, who was said to have claimed that Chan was qualified to be pro-vice-chancellor and that the pro-democracy scholar was appointed law dean as he was ‘a nice guy’
– Meanwhile, Edward Leung said he would not resign as the Council chairman and stressed that he had been handling Council affairs in a fair manner

Woman arrested for allegedly assaulting TVB reporter at Sha Tin MTR station
– A woman, surnamed Cheung, was arrested for allegedly slapping a TVB news reporter on her face when the latter was filming overloaded passengers at Sha Tin MTR station on Saturday night
– TVB’s news department and the Hong Kong Journalists Association both condemned the incident