High Tide (December 13th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Kenneth Leung suffers faeces-like attack; PWSC meeting on HZMB adjourned; Pro-dem dominates social worker registration board.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Gov’t & LegCo

Accountancy lawmaker Kenneth Leung suffers faeces-like attack during LegCo meeting
– Pan-dem accountancy lawmaker Kenneth Leung fell prey of a filthy attack as his jeans got hit by what appeared to be human faeces underneath his desk when attending a LegCo Public Accounts Committee meeting
– Leung said it was “as bad as a bomb attack” and questioned how could the security got compromised to allow somebody leaving something on a lawmaker’s seat
– President Jasper Tsang played down the incident and said there was no need to bring police in before going through CCTV footage
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So was the last Hong Kong politician who fell prey to a faeces attack as he received three envelopes containing faeces after urging Hongkongers to be tolerant of mainland visitors who urinated and defecated in Hong Kong streets in 2014

LegCo meeting on extra funding for cross-border bridge adjourned
– A Public Works Subcommittee debate on granting an extra funding of HKD5.46bn to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project (ch) was adjourned less than half an hour after the meeting resumed in the afternoon yesterday
– The motion to adjourn was moved by Lee Cheuk-yan of Labour Party and was passed by 18 votes to 14
– During the meeting, lawmakers raised concern over work safety of the construction which had already led to seven deaths

Gregory So: Copyright bill does not target netizens
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So reiterated that the recent copyright amendment bill did not target netizens and urged lawmakers to pass the bill
– Director of intellectual property Ada Leung Ka-lai, meanwhile, clarified that sharing photos or videos to “friends” on social media, and not publicly, would not constitute “communicating to the public” under the bill
– Leung reiterated that CY Leung did not breach the new law when uploading a video singing a song by Beyond during a BPA anniversary party, saying that the case would be exempted as a “report on current events”

Schools violating new TSA policy will get written warning, education chief says
– Secretary for Education Eddie Ng said the Government would consider issuing warning letters to primary schools if the TSA drilling situation continues, a day after the Education Bureau required all primary schools to cancel their extra classes for the exams
– Ng, who attended neither of the two recent major meetings on TSA, said, “When you look at our measures, you know we are very serious”
Ming Pao reported (ch) that more schools are now pushing students to learn materials a grade above them, and parents have had to help their kids catch up with skipped parts through self-learning

CY Leung meets Kazakhstan Prime Minister
– CY Leung received the visiting Kazakhstan Prime Minister at Government House and talked about Hong Kong’s advantage under “one country, two systems” and role in the “one belt, one road” initiative

Politics (General)

Pro-democracy camp dominates Social Workers Registration Board
– Pro-democracy camp dominated all eight elected seats of the Social Workers Registration Board (ch) with a record turnout since the handover
– The pro-dem Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union (HKSWGU) grabbed six seats while the Reclaiming Social Work Movement, which was active during the Umbrella Movement, won the remaining two
– Civic Party’s Ken Tsang was one of the six elected HKSWGU members
– The Government will appoint six other members to the board