High Tide (November 9th 2015) – Daily political round up

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New HKU Council meeting tape leaked; Bishop defends anti-gay pastoral letter; HK exam too hard for foreign doctors.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (General)

HKU Council member says Johannes Chan would “further divide” the university in new leaked tape
– Another recording of a University of Hong Kong Council meeting, in which Johannes Chan’s appointment as pro-vice-chancellor was rejected, was leaked on a popular Taiwanese forum, after the court issued an injunction prohibiting further activities of such
– In the new leaked tape, council member Rosanna Wong Yik-ming, who claimed to be Johannes Chan’s former classmates when the two studied in LSE, said she did not “have enough confidence that this candidate [Johannes Chan] would probably help to unite, but on the contrary, he probably would further divide” owing to Chan’s “strong political position”
– Wong was once rumoured to be the next HKU Council chairman after the public reacted strongly to the possible appointment of Arthur Li to the post

Hong Kong bishop defends Cardinal Tong Hon’s anti-gay pastoral letter, comparing homosexuality to drug abuse
– Auxiliary bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the city’s second highest ranked Catholic, spoke in defence of Cardinal John Tong Hon, who recently urged his fellow brothers and sisters to consider candidates’ stance on LGBT rights when voting on the upcoming district council elections
– Yeung said the Cardinal in his pastoral letter did not target any particular candidate(s) and stressed that the letter was intended to “mould” people’s conscience
– Yeung said the Church “would not criticise anyone” but the “wrong-doing“, making a comparison when saying that drug addicts would still be loved even though drug abuse itself was wrong

Overseas doctors slam Hong Kong’s ‘traumatising’ qualification exam
– The Medical Council’s qualification exam for overseas practitioners was criticised for being too in-depth and specialised without adequate revision materials
– Among 545 overseas practitioners who sat the exam in the past five years, only 211 crossed the hurdle
– Medical Council chairman Professor Joseph Lau Wan-yee said the supporting materials used by local students would be made available online once government funding was granted as part of a proposal to reform the doctors’ licensing body, but stressed that the exam had to stay on par with the one taken by local students