Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Janice Wong and Ian Pooler
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Government criticised for plan to take back part of Fanling Golf Course Listen
The government has come under fire over its decision to take back part of the Fanling Golf Course to build housing. Golfers, naturally, decried the move. Other people said the entire golf course should be demolished. It was one of eight options suggested by the official Land Supply Task Force following a public consultation. The government has fully endorsed all the options, which include reclaiming a thousand hectares of land east of Lantau. As Altis Wong reports, officials say the larger reclamation scheme proposed by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam - the 1,700-hectare Lantau Tomorrow Vision - is going ahead.
Land Supply Task Force happy with speed of government response Listen
The chairman of the government's Task Force on Land Supply, Stanley Wong, says it's delighted the administration has fully accepted all the options it put forward. He says it's also pleased to see the government moving quickly, noting that plans for a number of the options on the table had been accelerated. He spoke to Richard Pyne.
Cheap land deals likely to stay for HK’s private sports clubs Listen
It looks as if Hong Kong's private sports clubs will continue to pay cheap rates for their prime sites after the government released the results of a consultation on private recreational leases. The clubs - and their wealthy patrons - have often been criticised for getting a sweet deal from the taxpayer. But, as Robert Kemp reports, it was thought that making the clubs pay more would actually make them more exclusive.
CE says Greater Bay Area to rival Wall Street and Silicon valley Listen
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the Greater Bay Area is going to be as big as Wall Street and Silicon Valley combined. At a question time in the Legislative Council, Lam dismissed concerns that the plan would lead to Hong Kong losing its competitive edge. Wendy Wong reports.
Tribunal gives go ahead for video testimony of former domestic worker Listen
The Labour Tribunal will for the first time hear testimony via video link from overseas. The charity, Justice Without Borders, hailed the decision to allow former domestic worker Joenalyn Mallorca to testify from the Philippines as a landmark victory for migrant workers. Mallorca claims she was unfairly dismissed by her former employer, and seeks nearly HK$86,000 in lost earnings. Douglas MacLean, the charity's executive director, told Richard Pyne that before this decision, such workers were put in an impossible position.
Aids Concern calls for better sex education Listen
The charity, Aids Concern, is urging the government to introduce comprehensive sex education, saying Hong Kong people show a deep lack of understanding of sexual health. The group says a study of 484 heterosexual men who got in touch with the charity found nearly two out of every five were unsure whether a condom could help prevent the spread of HIV. A quarter of them were worried about contracting HIV from oral sex. Ian Pooler spoke to Aids Concern's programme director, Mandy Cheung.
Call to exempt kindergarten kids from mandatory flu jabs Listen
Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong says the government shouldn't make it mandatory for kindergarten children to be vaccinated against flu because some parents may be worried about the side effects of the jabs. She spoke to Candice Wong:
PAC expresses serious concern over food testing Listen
The Public Accounts Committee of the Legislative Council has expressed serious concern about the Centre for Food Safety's failure to make staff deliver test results on time. The criticism follows an audit report that found it could take months for a food sample to be checked. Jimmy Choi reports.