High Tide (October 30th 2015) – Daily political round up

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FC chairman curbs ITB filibuster; New warning system for bridge incident; Arthur Li set to become HKU Council head.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

Finance Committee curbs ITB filibuster by setting limits on number of amendments
– Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por agreed to take into account only 20 out of some 1,100 amendments recently submitted to the secretariat over the ITBfunding proposal
– Chan also set the limit on total number of amendments to 113
– ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung of LSD, as well as Albert Chan and Raymond Ho of People Power, who jointly submitted more than 400 items, blasted the move and said they would drag the committee into spending “ten times” amount of time to pass the upcoming funding proposals

LegCo endorses motion on riding on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative
– Lawmakers approved the motion moved by Commercial (Second) lawmaker Martin Liao urging the Government to seize the opportunity offered by Beijing’s ‘One Belt, One Road‘ initiative
– The motion was supported by both the pro-est camp and members from Democratic Party and Civic Party
– Meanwhile, Beijing pledged to promote democracy, economic development and social harmony in the Hong Kong and Macau SARs as its fifth plenum ended yesterday

Government announces measures to prevent repetition of Lantau chaos
– Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung said the Government will introduce a new warning system and 24-hour marine patrols around the Tsing Ma Bridge in wake of the traffic chaos caused by the emergency closure
– “[F]or the past almost 18 years we have not experienced any such full closure which means that the standing arrangements are by and large sufficient,” Cheung admitted
– Meanwhile, TVB apologised to Democratic Party after wrongly reporting that the party had voted down part of the Tuen Mun-Lantau link project which would serve as an alternative route to the airport

HK-Guangdong cooperation on cleaner production
– The Hong Kong and Guangdong administrations held the second meeting of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Joint Working Group on Cleaner Production
– Hong Kong extended the Cleaner Production Partnership Programme (the Programme) for another five years to 2020 with additional funding of HKD150m
– Meanwhile, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok signed an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with Argentinean Consul General Gustavo Horacio Luis Fazzari

Communications Authority on possible measures for additional number resources for mobile services
– The Communication Authority launched a public consultation on five possible measures to maximise the use of existing telephone number resources to meet the need of increasing demand for mobile services
– One measure proposed re-allocating numbers start with ‘4’ – the unlucky number for the Chinese – for mobile services

Politics (General)

Arthur Li set to be tapped to head HKU Council
– Students and alumni of the University of Hong Kong vowed to take further actions against the appointment of Arthur Li as chairman of the university’s Council, as the appointment is set to be announced today
– An on-campus referendum on whether Li is “suitable” to hold any governing position at the university will end tonight
– Professor Douglas Kerr of the School of English issued a public letter to the next chair of the HKU Council, urging the Council to introduce reforms to restore its credibility
– Johannes Chan, meanwhile, rebutted the points Arthur Li made in rejecting Chan’s appointment as pro-vice-chancellor in the leaked tape
– The university’s management had recruited a security firm to carry out ‘intrusive investigation (ch)’ and dig into Council members’ emails
– Li, by the way, was offered a free one-year subscription by Wen Wei Po after being heard in the tape saying that he doubted if anyone in Hong Kong would takeWen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao seriously

11 green groups boycott Airport Authority’s community engagement over third runway
– 11 green groups stated they will not join the Airport Authority’s ‘community and professionals communications’ task force regarding the controversial third runway (ch) system, saying that the project failed its environmental impact assessment
– The number of members in the task force formed by ‘stakeholders’ would drop from 30 to 22 but there is no requirement over the representation of green groups