High Tide (October 31st 2015) – Daily political round up

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ITB not done yet; Govt falling behind waste reduction and housing targets; Second HKU Council meeting leakage.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

ITB – it isn’t done yet
– Pan-dem lawmakers spent most of the four hours in the Finance Committee meeting slamming committee chairman Chan Kin-por for abusing his power by slashing the number of motions on the controversial funding proposal of ITB from more than 1,000 to 44
– Independent Wong Yuk-man, who submitted more than 700 of the rejected amendments, smashed Chan’s name plate in protest, hurting his own finger in the process
– Chan said he would shorten the time for each lawmaker to speak from five minutes to one minute in next week’s meeting

Government falling behind waste reduction and housing targets
– The Government set in 2013 targets to reduce per capita municipal solid wasteby 20% by 2017 and 40% by 2022, but latest figures showed that on average a person dumped 1.35kg of rubbish a day last year compared with 1.33kg in 2013 – and the upward slope was consistent over the past four years
– Meanwhile, the Government is also falling behind its public housing target (ch) to build 290,000 public flats in ten years’ time as the Transport and Housing Bureau is only likely to meet one-third (about 93,000 flats) of that target by the 2019/2020 term

Government to roll out premium taxi plans
– The Government submitted a paper to the LegCo proposing to introduce a franchised premium taxi service
– Concrete details of the plans were expected to be revealed in the third quarter of 2016

Cap on milk powder export would remain in force, health minister says amid end of ‘one-child policy’ in China
– In wake of the mainland’s abandoning of its notorious ‘one-child policy’, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the restriction on export ofpowdered formula would remain in force and that there was “no intention nor sufficient evidence” to consider removing it
– The administration also reaffirmed its “zero quota” policy barring doubly non-permanent resident pregnant women from delivery in Hong Kong

Politics (General)

HKU obtains court injunction amid second tape leakage of controversial Council meeting
– University of Hong Kong Council member and New World Development’s executive director Leonie Ki Man-fung became the second Council member after Arthur Li who saw her remarks in a meeting on the proposed appointment of Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor leaked to the public
– In the audio clip, Ki said she had never “encountered a candidate who will overtly and recklessly discuss his or her potential employment at any stage of the recruitment process”, and that Chan had “gone too far, to create controversy and use external and internal forces, directly or indirectly to lobby, pre-claim, coerce, intimidate, fabricate and sometimes even threaten Council members to approve his appointment”
– Ki was re-appointed by CY Leung to sit in the Council on the same day of the leakage
– Meanwhile, more than 90% (ch) of HKU students supported the motions that the Council chairman candidate must be one accepted by the university’s students and staff, and that Arthur Li is not an appropriate person to play any role in the institute’s governing bodies

Pro-Beijing figures appointed to HKU and CUHK Councils
– The Government appointed three new members to the University of Hong Kong Council and one new member to the Chinese University of Hong Kong Council
– The three new HKU Council members are Sino Land executive director and Hong Kong Army Cadets Association general director Daryl Ng Win Kong, former Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants chairman and CPPCC delegate of Zhejiang province Edward Chow Kwong-fai, as well as Vice Chairman of the University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development & Research Dr Patrick S.C. Poon
– Both Chow and Ng, who is also a member of the CPPCC (of Beijing city), had spoken publicly against the Occupy Movement, while the former also slamming students who seized a HKU Council meeting in July in protest as “little bastards” supported and organised by some “middle-aged bastards” and “old bastards
– Shanghai city CPPCC delegate Dr Maggie Koong May-kay, meanwhile, was appointed to the CUHK Council