High Tide (October 8th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Democrat slams interim report on lead-in-water saga; Gary Fan accuses two pan-dems of threat over DC polls; Professionals to join HKU students and staff in protest of Johannes Chan’s appointment saga.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

UK CG spots typo in Government tweet on a bygone CY Leung
– British Consul General Caroline Wilson, after making fun of the CE’s ‘transcending‘ status, made another hit by spotting a – rather disastrous – typo in a Government tweet which read “Chief Executive CY Leung says the Department of Justice’s decision to prosecute former Chief Executive CY Leung was…”, – good call, your excellency
– Our current-bygone CE, meanwhile, is about to depart for Israel on Monday and then to the United Kingdom while the still incumbent Financial Secretary John Tsang is visiting New York and Washington DC

Interim report on lead-in-water scandal slammed for not clarifying accountability and penalty
– Democrat Helena Wong criticised an interim report submitted by the Housing Authority (HA) review committee on lead-in-water saga for failing to clarify accountability and penalty
– While the report did blame the Housing Authority for overlooking drinking water issues before the scandal, it did not mention who should be held accountable nor any punishment
– A full report will be submitted to the HA by the end of this year

Lai Tung-kwok likes your page: Security minister defends Police Facebook initiative
– Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok defended a recent move by the police to launch its official Facebook page, saying that the Force’s objective is to “provide another channel for them to interact with residents and disseminate messages in a timely manner”
– The page, soon after its launch, became a platform for people to criticise the police
– “I’ve actually just been on their Facebook page and there are also quite a number of comments praising the force,” Lai said

Hospital Authority reports system incident caused by IE upgrade
– The Hospital Authority announced a recent incident concerning its Clinical Management System (CMS) in around 200 sets of computers (about 1.5%)
– It was reported that an accidental Internet Explorer upgrade in the computers caused the system to break down – since the system could only be run on IE 9 in some cases

Political (General)

Gary Fan accuses two fellow pan-dems of threat over DC elections
– Gary Fan, Neo Democrats’ sole representative in the LegCo, reported a case to the ICAC in which he claimed that two of his party’s district officers werethreatened by former democrat Cyrus Chan and Sai Kung DC member Luk Ping-choi to withdraw from the upcoming district council polls
– Fan also accused Chan of sending an audio saying the Neo Democrats shall pay “a life for a life”

High Court turns down review application by radical lawmaker over decision to end filibuster on NT development plan
– The High Court refused to grant permission to radical lawmaker Raymond Wong to seek judicial review over Finance Committee chairman Ng Leung-sing’s decision to end filibuster on funding two controversial new-town plans in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North earlier in June last year
– Meanwhile, Sai Kung District Councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan was fined HKD2,000 for yelling and displaying a Nazi banner at the LegCo when protesting against a landfill expansion in Tseung Kwan O’ last year

BPA’s Peter Lam launches new pro-est think tank ahead of Jasper Tsang
– Peter Lam of Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) formed a new pro-est think tank (ch), the Hong Kong Cultural Development Research Institute, ahead of Jasper Tsang
– The organisation will be led by Lam himself and former Wen Wei Po editor-in-chief Li Xiaohui while New World Development’s Henry Cheng Kar-shun and Sino Group’s Robert Ng Chee-siong were named advisors to the group

Professionals to join HKU students and staff in a Friday march against rejection of Johannes Chan’s appointment
– Eighteen professional groups will join University of Hong Kong students and staff in a march protest on Friday evening at the Pok Fu Lam campus against the rejection of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor
– Around 60 scholars also formed a new group to safeguard academic freedom (ch) in wake of the appointment saga