High Tide (December 21st 2015) – Daily political round up

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Alvin Yeung to run in LegCo by-election; Student leader seeks JR over HKU appointment saga.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (General)

Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung to run in LegCo by-election
– Alvin Yeung of Civic Party will represent the pan-dem camp to run in the February 28 LegCo New Territories East by-election
– Yeung, 34, was a member of 7.1 People Pile (a group formed after the July 1 march in 2003) who joined the Civic Party in 2011 and is not the party’s chairman of the New Territories East branch
– The by-election was triggered after Ronny Tong, Yeung’s mentor, quit the party and resigned as lawmaker

HKU student leader to ‘abuse’ judicial review over the Johannes Chan appointment saga
– Billy Fung, head of the University of Hong Kong’s student union, said he would submit a judicial review before December 29 to invalidate a decision made by the HKU Council to reject the appointment of pro-democracy scholar Johannes Chanas pro-vice-chancellor
– Fung was also a member of the Council who was dubbed ‘whistle-blower’ as he cited, right after the concerned meeting, some council members’ reasons against the appointment

TSA concern group files complaint against Eddie Ng to the Ombudsman
– A concern group against the controversial primary school TSA exams (ch) said it filed a complaint to the Ombudsman against Secretary for Education Eddie Ng over ‘misconduct’ when handling the case
– The concern group slammed Ng for passing the buck to schools and parents and said some schools are replacing extra lessons with a heavy load of Christmas homework

LSD rallies outside SCMP office over press freedom concerns
– The League of Social Democrats and Socialist Action, led by the LSD’s sole lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (‘Long Hair’), rallied outside SCMP’s office in Causeway Bay on Saturday to express their concerns over Alibaba’s recent purchase of SCMP Group’s media business
– The group said the Chinese internet giant Alibaba will “inevitably force SCMP to engage in self-censorship in order to stay online in mainland China”

Celebrity under fire after giving provocative remarks on netizens and Joshua Wong
– Television and film star Natalis Chan was under fire after giving provocative remarks (ch) at an RTHK television programme
– Chan took a clear pro-Beijing stance and asked, “Are you a Chinese? Why don’t you let China [to take care of Hong Kong]?”
– Chan also slammed netizens and Scholarism’s convenor Joshua Wong, asking if they have “twelve ‘A’s [in public exam] (ch)” and challenged Wong’s academic profile
– When asked by the programme’s host about Basic Law Committee member Rao Geping’s remarks on Hong Kong’s separation of powers, Chan said he was not sure who Rao was and said he “did not touch upon political issues often”