High Tide (November 16th 2015) – Daily political round up

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LegCo’s transport committee to discuss routes to airport; Parties step up election campaign efforts on ‘Super Sunday’.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

LegCo transport committee to discuss alternative routes to Hong Kong airport
– The LegCo’s Panel on Transport will hold a special meeting on November 23 to discuss alternative routes (ch) to the Hong Kong International Airport in the wake of the emergency closure of Tsing Ma Bridge
– The Transport and Housing Bureau proposed setting up a new route from Central to the SkyPier integrated within the airport
– Meanwhile, CY Leung said the government was in the process of setting up a new Maritime Authority but feared that filibustering in the LegCo could halt the efforts

Government pledges to improve cremation booking system
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the government will improve its online booking system for cremations as some 50 hearses and 20 representatives of funeral home operators will take part in a protest on November 25
– The online system crashed five times since it was launched in 2013

Politics (General)

Parties step up campaign efforts on ‘Super Sunday’ as district council elections approach
– Power for Democracy released its final recommended list of 226 pan-dem candidates, with 13 independent candidates added to the list, ahead of next Sunday’s district council elections (ch)
– Pan-dem’s Civic Party held an election campaign in Kornhill to drum up support while about 300 people attended an event hosted by the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organisation to back three DAB candidates in Sai Kung

Strong police presence ahead of World Cup qualifier against China
– 20 armed police officers will be deployed inside the Mong Kok Stadium tomorrow when the World Cup qualifier match (ch) versus China is played, the Hong Kong Football Association announced
– The police will also arrange 600 officers to patrol outside the stadium with another 600 ready to be mobilised