High Tide (November 17th 2015) – Daily political round up

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“Appreciate HK” launched; LegCo to debate motion on ‘Mainlandisation’; Vigil held to share condolences with Paris.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

“Appreciate Hong Kong” announced with 10 highlighted programmes
– Chief Secretary Carrie Lam announced the launch of “Appreciate Hong Kong” Campaign which will be run from December to April next year
– Lam said the campaign aimed at generating a “cohesive force” in the society after the Occupy Movement
– The campaign will feature 10 highlighted programmes, including one-month free admission to all museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, free visits to Ocean Park for low-income families

Lawmakers to debate motion on safeguarding Hong Kong from “Mainlandisation”
– Lawmakers will debate during Wednesday’s LegCo meeting a motion on safeguarding Hong Kong from “Mainlandisation
– The motion will be moved by Claudia Mo of Civic Party, who urged the government to “respect the local history and culture” and “honour the undertaking in the Basic Law that the previous way of life of Hong Kong residents shall remain unchanged for 50 years”

Health minister reaffirms Medical Council reform
– Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said a government steering committee will release its proposal on reforming the Medical Council next year
– Ko pledged to review the entire system of the statutory body, including its manpower and governance structure, to tackle its inefficiency when handling complaints
– Tommy Cheung of Liberal Party called on the government to double the number of lay members in the Council to 8 during a Panel on Health Services meeting

Government to review civil servant employment system
– Secretary for the Civil Service Clement Cheung said a non-civil service contract staff employed by government departments has a success rate of 15% to be offered a civil service post over the past eight years, compared with 2% for non-civil servants
– As of June 2015, government departments employed a total of 12036 non-civil service contract staff, down from the peak of about 18500 in 2006

Politics (General)

Over 200 join Paris attacks vigil at Tamar Park
– Over 200 people took part in a vigil organised by the French Consulate General at Tamar Park and observed a minute of silence at 7pm yesterday to share condolences with Paris following the terrorist attacks
– CY Leung, who earlier signed a book of condolence at the French Consulate General in Admiralty, also attended the vigil briefly
– Also signing the condolence book were Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and British Consul General Caroline Wilson
– The Immigration Department announced with immediate effect a special arrangement for French visitors to apply for extension of stay