High Tide (October 6th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Donald Tsang faces double charges of misconduct; Police launches Facebook page; Frederick Fung halts DC polls application.

Photo: Chris Lusher


 

Government & LegCo

Donald Tsang formally charged with misconduct, released on HKD100,000 bail
– Donald Tsang became the highest-ranked official in Hong Kong ever to be prosecuted as he faced a double charges over failure to disclose his interests in a three-storey penthouse in Shenzhen during his tenure as Chief Executive
– Tsang attended a court hearing which lasted for about 15 minutes and was granted HKD100,000 bail
– Tsang issued a statement which claimed he had “a clear conscience” and “every confidence the court will exonerate” him
– The Department of Justice, meanwhile, stated it was “satisfied that there is no sufficient evidence to justify the commencement of criminal prosecution [against Tsang] in respect of” certain trips made by Tsang to places outside Hong Kong as reported by the media previously

Hong Kong Police Facebook page goes rampant hours after official launch
– The Hong Kong Police Facebook page had attracted more than 24,000 ‘likes’ and 30,000 comments on its only two posts on the first day of its official launch
– Many of the comments were hostile to the force, with some asking when the seven police officers who beat up an Occupy protester during the movement would be prosecuted
– The Force stated the move was meant “to take a step forward to reach out to different sectors of the community”

United Front chief urged young Hongkongers to be responsible towards their country
– CCP Politburo member and head of the United Front Work Department Sun Chunlan, while attending a ceremony marking the end of the second world war in Hong Kong, called on young people to learn more about their country’s history and be more responsible towards it
– Sun also met with representatives of the leading developers in the city, including CK Hutchison’s deputy chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, son of Li Ka-shing

Exchange of words over House Committee vacancy left by Ronny Tong
– The pan-dems will today discuss their replacement for the post of Housing Committee deputy chairman vacated by the outgoing Ronny Tong
– Reports suggested Civic Party’s Alan Leong and Democrat Sin Chung-kai to be the candidates
– Meanwhile, the pro-est camp stepped up rhetoric over taking up all important roles in the LegCo committees as a revenge for a pan-dem ambush on the public works and establishment subcommittees last year
– During yesterday’s meeting of which about 30 pro-est lawmakers joined, there were suggestions that moderate pan-dems such as Labour Party’s Peter Cheung Kwok-che and Joseph Lee Kok-long (Health Services) could run for the house committee post

Political (General)

Frederick Fung holds up announcement to run in DC polls as he faces possible challenge from ex-colleague
– Frederick Fung, the sole representative of of the Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood in the LegCo, decided to halt his application to run in next month’s district council elections
– Fung attributed the move to a need of more internal discussions following reports suggesting that his party’s former vice-chairman, Eric Wong Chung-ki, also planned to stand in the Lai Kok constituency in Cheung Sha Wan

Housing Authority blasted for wrongly restricting air-con installation in public housing flats for two decades
– The Housing Authority was criticised for wrongly forbidding residents in public housing units built in the 80s to install air-conditioners (ch) that extend outside the windows
– Veteran lawmaker Frederick Fung, who helped residents in a public housing estate in Lai Chi Kok to negotiate with the authority for ‘exemptions’, said there could be as many as 40 public housing estates with 300,000 units facing the same problem