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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Tight security in place for start of national anthem bill debate  Listenfacebook
The police have warned the public not to take part in demonstrations around the Legislative Council where the second reading of the proposed national anthem bill is slated to take place on Wednesday. There have been online calls for protests and for the Legco complex to be surrounded, while unions and student groups have called for a general strike. The police strongly condemned the incitement to disrupt public order, saying they won't tolerate any illegal acts. Priscilla Ng has more on the controversy over the anthem legislation:
Scope of national security law said to have been widened  Listenfacebook
RTHK understands that mainland authorities have expanded the scope of their draft national security legislation for Hong Kong, to bring organisations as well as individuals under its ambit. At the same time, the Reuters News Agency has cited sources as saying Beijing's plans include barring foreign judges from handling national security cases in Hong Kong. Richard Pyne has more:
Bar chief sees no way to challenge Beijing’s security bill   Listenfacebook
The head of the Bar Association, Philip Dykes, says he believes Beijing's plan to enact national security laws here under Article 18 of the Basic Law goes against Article 23 of the mini-constitution, which states that such laws should be enacted by the SAR government. But he also said any related decision by the National People's Congress Standing Committee could not be challenged, because it holds the final law-interpretation power. He spoke to Candice Wong:
Security law is a worry for international business: Felix Chung  Listenfacebook
The leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, Felix Chung, says some local companies have told him they welcome Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong if it ends protest violence and allows them to resume normal operations in the city. But he admitted he is worried about the reaction of international firms to the move, as well as the wider international community. Chung was talking to RTHK just before heading into the Legislative Council building for the reading of the national anthem bill. Janice Wong asked the lawmaker what he expected from Wednesday’s meeting:
Coronavirus restrictions set to be eased further   Listenfacebook
Karaoke parlours, nightclubs, bathhouses and party rooms will re-open from Friday, as Hong Kong further relaxes social-distancing measures thanks to the improving Covid-19 situation. The announcement comes as the SAR reported no new local infections for the 12th day running. Frances Sit reports:
Feedback sought on park cover for Gloucester road  Listenfacebook
A group of urban-development professionals has proposed building a sprawling elevated park to connect Wan Chai and Admiralty. Members of the Wan Chai Connect Design Group have briefed district councillors on their concept for the area taken up by government buildings including the Immigration and Revenue Towers. Their lead consultant, Peter Dampier, spoke with Mike Weeks, explaining what the plan involves:
Top cop told to remove illegal structures  Listenfacebook
The Lands Department has found that assistant police commissioner Rupert Dover has unlawfully occupied government land in Sai Kung. Officials also found illegal structures on one of his houses, and have given him a month to remove them. Damon Pang reports:
Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to sack his top aide  Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is facing growing pressure from within his own Conservative Party to sack his top adviser for travelling across England during the coronavirus lockdown. Johnson has said he is satisfied with the explanation given by Dominic Cummings on Monday, but members of his government are not. Britain's Junior Minister for the Scotland Office, Douglas Ross , has resigned and almost 40 Conservative MPs have called for him to step down. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Peter Anderson if Cummings explanation of his actions had worsened the crisis:
Tributes paid to the builder of modern Macau  Listenfacebook
Tributes have been paid to Macau casino king, Stanley Ho, who died on Tuesday, aged 98. The head of the powerful Real Estate Developers Association, of which Ho was chairman for 20 years, said he "put Hong Kong’s interest as his top priority.” The business empire of one of Asia's richest men took off after Ho won a gaming licence in Macau in the early 1960s. He was active both socially and politically in Hong Kong and Macau. But in 2009, he underwent brain surgery after reportedly suffering a fall at his home, and had been in poor health ever since. Priscilla Ng looks back at Ho’s life: