High Tide (November 10th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Gov’t urged to reveal ITB blueprint in 6 months; DPHK to raise Police brutality during OC in UN committee meeting.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government should roll out blueprint for ITB in next six months, IT lawmaker urges
– IT lawmaker Charles Mok urged the government to roll out a blueprint outlining the Innovation and Technology Bureau’s its work priorities and consultation mechanism with the IT sector
– Mok also called on the government to consider changing the unfavourable merchandising policies faced by the sector
– Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided to set up its first innovation node in Hong Kong which will be put into operation next Summer

LegCo will not follow up on Jimmy Lai’s donation to two pan-democrats
– Lawmakers voted not to follow up on the case of ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung of LSD and Lee Cheuk-yan of Labour Party receiving donations of HKD1m and HKD1.5m from media tycoon Jimmy Lai respectively
– The conclusion was made after three pro-est lawmakers voted in favour of further actions while three pan-dems voted against it at a Committee on Members’ Interests closed-door meeting, resulting in a tide which demanded committee chairman Ip Kwok-him of the DAB to vote it down under the LegCo’s rules of procedure

Medical insurance reform unlikely to come in this CE term, health minister admits
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man admitted that a planned reform ofvoluntary health insurance might not happen in the remaining two years of CY Leung’s term
– The insurance industry, meanwhile, was proposing to make certain changes voluntarily according to the reform plan in the hope that the government would abandon the 12-point legislation

Politics (General)

Democratic Party to bring the case of Police’s handling of Occupy protests to UN’s anti-torture committee
– In its report to the UN Committee Against Torture, the Democratic Party raised the issues of Police’s handling of Occupy protests, screening of asylum seekers and the plight of foreign domestic helpers as top agenda
– The committee will hold a two-day hearing next week in Geneva on the progress of implementation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishments by the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities
– Meanwhile, pan-dems were slammed by Oriental Daily for ‘inviting’ foreign influence as they brought up the recent University of Hong Kong saga during a meeting with the visiting Democratic Party members of the United States House of Representatives led by Democratic Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi

Ex-CE’s think tank proposes subsidised housing reforms to help 80% of families own their homes
– Our Hong Kong Foundation, a think tank founded by former CE Tung Chee-hwa about a year ago, proposed reforming the city’s subsidised housing schemes so that at least 80% of households can own their homes
– It was proposed that households under the Home Ownership Scheme want to sell their flats, they can pay a land premium of 30% measured by the flat’s market value during the time of purchase instead of its current market value under existing policy