High Tide (December 14th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Competition Ordinance comes into force; DAB leader backs pan-dem amendment to copyright bill; HKDPP established.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Gov’t & LegCo

Competition Ordinance comes into force
– The Competition Tribunal comes into full operation today following the full commencement of the Competition Ordinance
– Offenders face a fine of up to 10% of turnover in Hong Kong
– Competition Commission chairwoman Anna Wu warned the business partners of the city’s 575 statutory bodies would still face investigations even though the latter are not covered by the new regulation

Lawmakers told three-quarters of Express Rail Link completed
– A LegCo subcommittee visited construction site of West Kowloon Terminus of the high-speed rail link and lawmakers were told the project was 75% completed
– MTR Corp’s Chairman-Designate Frederick Ma said construction of the terminus was based on the assumption that the co-location arrangements would be adopted

DAB vice-chairman backs ‘fair use’ amendment to copyright bill while FTU lawmaker proposes deferment
– DAB’s vice-chairman and former chairman of Young DAB Holden Chow said he was convincing party members to back pan-dems’ bid to add a ‘fair use‘ exemption to the copyright amendment bill
– Wong Kwok-kin of the Federation of Trade Unions, meanwhile, suggested that the Government could drop the legislation and hold another round of consultation
– CY Leung, who attended a ceremony to commemorate the Nanjing Massacreyesterday, was also criticised of violating the bill as he uploaded a Hello Kitty dim sum Facebook post, of which netizens claimed that Leung did not specify the source of the products

Politics (General)

ADPL in bid to retain ‘superseat’ in next year’s LegCo elections
– The Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood announced its plan to field up to four teams in next year’s LegCo geographical constituency elections
– The party, which won 18 seats in recent district council elections, will also strive to retain its LegCo ‘superseat’ next year despite Frederick Fung’s DC defeat
– Fung said he would run in a constituency outside the party’s base of Kowloon West

Democratic Progressive Party (Hong Kong) established to promote ‘moderate localism’
– A Hong Kong’s ‘Democratic Progressive Party (ch)’ was established in bid to replicate the success of its Taiwanese counterpart and promote a so-called less radical face of localism
– The party’s secretary general Yeung Ke-cheong called for an “Umbrella Movement 2.0”, an ill-fated protest widely criticised by localists for its conservative approach in achieving democracy
– Yeung, a former League of Social Democrats member, ran in recent district council elections as an independent candidate in Hok Yuen Laguna Verde in Kowloon City but lost to pro-est Admond Yue Chee-wing