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

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Legionella bacteria found in Kai Ching; Beijing “very satisfied” with CY Leung; Protester granted rights to seek judicial review. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government sets up task force to investigate lead in water as legionella bacteria is also found at Kai Ching Estate.
– A second joint-departmental meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam decided to set up a task force to investigate the source of lead in drinking water in Kai Ching Estate
– The plumber in concern said he should not be held sole responsibility as he was not in charge of pre-fabricated materials and parts that were produced in the mainland
– It was reported (ch) that the main contractor, China State Construction International Holdings, indeed ordered more than 6,200 sets of materials for about half of the estate’s kitchens and bathrooms while Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung earlier said the installation was a small-scale one
– People Power’s Albert Chan had written a letter to ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh, requesting a probe into possible corruptions between the main contractor and the Government
– Meanwhile, it was reported that legionella bacteria was found inside a flat of a 72-year-old man diagnosed with legionnaires’ disease alongside another unit and a water supply point on the first floor

CY Leung: Beijing is “very satisfied” with my works.
– CY Leung said, after meeting with NPCSC chairman Zhang Dejiang, that Beijing “acknowledges” Leung and the political reform team’s works and is “very satisfied”
– A report by the Xinhua News, however, covered nothing over the meeting between Leung and Zhang, nor did it mention anything about Leung being praised by the official
– Leung, meanwhile, slammed some media for “cooking false stories” when dismissing rumours that he will step down in January
– When asked whether he will seek a second term in office, Leung said he will “strive to serve Hong Kong people if there is a chance”

Ronny Tong’s last LegCo general meeting ends as lawmakers vote down non-binding motion on June 4th.
– Resigning lawmaker Ronny Tong had his last LegCo general meeting as hedelivered (ch) a speech on June 4th, saying that the vindication of the Tiananmen massacre is an inevitable outcome during the course of democratic development
– The motion, which was moved by Democratic Party’s Sin Chung-kai urging June 4th incident be not forgotten, was eventually blocked
– Tong later said filibustering in the Finance Committee was “none of his business” and hence he will not attend the committee’s marathon meetings this week
– Meanwhile,the Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2015, the Electoral Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2015, the Electronic Health Record Sharing System Bill, and a motion moved by democratic party’s Emily Lau to draw lesson from the German legislature were endorsed by the Council

Fashion advisory group established.
– The Government announced the establishment of the Advisory Group on Implementation of Fashion Initiatives
– Victor Lo, chairman and chief executive of Gold Peak Industries and former non-official Exco member, was appointed as the chairman of the group alongside 18 members and 2 ex-officio members

Hospital Authority announces plans to reform hospital clusters.
– The Hospital Authority announced (ch) plans to reform the hospital clusters system in its annual review
– Measures include reallocation of resources to East NT, West NT and East Kowloon in accordace to the refined population based funding
– The report also proposed strengthening the centralised coordination power over individual clusters

Political (General)

Court approves protester’s rights to seek judicial review over withheld names of police officers allegedly beating him during Occupy movement.
– Civic Party member Ken Tsang, who was beaten by seven police officers during the Occupy movement, was granted rights to seek a judicial review over police’s refusal to unveil the names of the officers
– It was ruled that the case required a full hearing while Tsang’s another application to charge the police commissioner for making unlawful decision was turned down
– Tsang said the court’s decision was only “a small step” to his claim for justice and the whole legal application “would not have happened if the Department of Justice is fulfilling its duty”