High Tide (May 26th 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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IMMD to review case of undocumented boy; Gary Fan on shadow cabinet; HKD7 billion plans to upgrade MTR trains. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Immigration Department to review the case of undocumented boy.
– Immigration Department said (in Chinese) it has started investigation into the case of undocumented boy and would not exercise discretion for the time being
– The Department also said it would not object to a school application from the Education Bureau if it is clear that the boy would not be repatriated in the short term
– Meanwhile, Chan Yuen-han from the Federation of Trade Unions, who brought the case to the media attention, admitted that she did so partly to put pressure on the Immigration Department
– Local groups marched to the Department in Wan Chai to protest against offering the right of abode to the boy

SCED to attend Jinan HK fair.
– The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, recently concluding his trip to the Philippines, will attend the two-day SmartHK fair in Jinan, Shandong, and officiate the opening session of the fair on May 27
– The fair will focus on three main themes, namely “Innovative Design and Marketing”, “Technological Advancement” and “Management Upgrading”


Casual discussion on Finland-HK education cooperation.
– An informal breakfast meeting was held by the Finnish Consulate General to explore areas for education cooperation between Hong Kong and Finland
– Attendants included Education and Science Counsellor at the Finnish Embassy Dr Mika Tirronen, Deputy Secretary for Education Dr Catherine Chan, Finnish Consul-General Mr Jari Sinkari and Chief Curriculum Development Officer Joe Leung

Politics (general)

Gary Fan refreshes calls to form a shadow cabinet.
– Neo Democrats’ Gary Fan raised the idea of a shadow cabinet formed by the Pan-dems through a civil referendum, which had been proposed by Occupy co-founder Benny Tai and veteran democrat Martin Lee
– Meanwhile, Fan said those Pan-dem lawmakers who met with the Liaison Office in 2010 will not attend the meeting with three Beijing officials in Shenzhen on Sunday, but was later dismissed by Civic Party’s Alan Leong and Democratic Party’s Emily Lau
– About 10 groups organised “Say No to Pseudo-Universal Suffrage” and announced plans to hold assembly outside the Government Complex the days before lawmakers vote on the political reform proposals

MTR announces HKD10 billion plans on carriage upgrades.
– The MTR Corp revealed plans to spend HKD7 billion to replace 78 trains that were in use on Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines for more than 35 years
– The upgrade plans were expected to complete by 2021
– The Corp will also spend HKD3.3 billion on upgrading the signalling system on seven lines