High Tide (June 1st 2015) – Daily Political Round-up

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8.31 decision would be “long-lasting”; 3000 join June 4th march; Chan Yuen-han eyes LegCo farewell. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Beijing officials dismiss hope over amendments to 8.31 decision.
– Civic Party’s Alan Leong reaffirmed pan-dems’ vows to vote down the political reform proposal as Beijing officials dismissed any chance of a compromise during a four-hour meeting in Shenzhen
– Basic Law Committee Chairman Li Fei stressed that the NPCSC’s 8.31 decision will have a long-lasting authority to the selecting of Chief Executive under universal suffrage starting from 2017
– Director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Wang Guangya warned that radical democrats would have no chance to be appointed as CE even if they manage to win the elections
– Democratic Party’s Sin Chung-kai raised (in Chinese) the issue of CY Leung’s alleged conflict of interest in the case concerning an Australian firm but was stopped by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who was also the chairperson of the meeting
– CY Leung confirmed that the Government will table the reform package to the LegCo later this month as scheduled
– Professor Larry Diamond, a prominent US scholar in politics, called the reform package “an insult to the intelligence of the Hong Kong public” when addressing a seminar at City University via Skype

Govt’s updates on MERS and Tai Po care home.
– The Centre for Health Protection reported that all 18 close contacts and 23 other contacts of a MERS patient travelling from South Korea to mainland through Hong Kong are under quarantine and medical surveillance
– The South Korean Health and Welfare Minister has apologised for “causing concern and anxiety among people due to … our initial judgment on the contagiousness of Mers”
– Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department stated (in Chinese) that there are more than 200 vacancies in care homes in Tai Po to receive those affected by the closing care home in a recent elderly abuse scandal

Politics (general)

3000 join June 4th 26th anniversary march.
– The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic and Democratic Movements in China announced (in Chinese) that about 3000 people joint the march to mark the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, about the same as its figure last year
– The march started at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai and ended its route at the Liaison Office for the first time
– It was reported that young people were noticeably missing from the march
– The Police put the figure at 920 during peak period compared to last year’s 1900
– Democratic Party’s Albert Ho, who is also the Chairman of the Alliance, said participants of the march were scolded by both localists and Beijing-loyalists but they managed to end in an orderly and peaceful manner

Chan Yuen-han likely to quit the LegCo.
– It was reported that pro-Beijing unionist Chan Yuen-han is unlikely to run for another term as a legislator if the political reform package is blocked
– Chan, who has served as a lawmaker for the past 21 years, said she prefers engaging the common folk than sitting in the LegCo
– The FTU’s Wong Kwok-hing is likely to replace Chan to run for the ‘super seat’ provided that he could win a seat in the coming district council elections