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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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Patrick Nip tells civil servants they serve both China and Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The head of Hong Kong’s almost 180,000 civil servants has urged all government employees to bear in mind their ‘dual-identities’ as both servants for the SAR and for China. He warned those who oppose Carrie Lam’s administration that their loyalty to the Chief Executive and her government is mandatory, as. Wendy Wong reports:
Civil service unions want clarification of Nip’s remarks  Listenfacebook
Civil service unions have raised serious concerns about the remarks made by civil service secretary Patrick Nip that government employees need to bear in mind they are servants of both the Hong Kong SAR and central governments. Representatives of three unions told RTHK they had never heard of anything like this before, noting there's no mention of loyalty to the Central Government in the Basic Law. Robert Kemp reports:
Regina Ip says security-law offenders should not have jury trials  Listenfacebook
A member of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s cabinet says juries should not be used in trials under Beijing's new national security legislation for Hong Kong because it would be difficult to find what she calls "impartial" jurors. Veteran democrat and senior counsel Martin Lee says the proposal from Executive Councillor Regina Ip deviates from current practices. Timmy Sung has the details:
Beijing believes it’s in a fight with foreign forces for HK: Michael Tien  Listenfacebook
Tuesday marks the anniversary of the first of what were dubbed the million-plus people marches on Hong Kong Island against the now-shelved changes to the SAR’s extradition laws. The huge peaceful demonstrations quickly morphed into violence and a wider anti-government movement, that became enmeshed in rising US-China tensions, leading eventually to Beijing's decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. To look back at the past 12 months and where the city might go from here, Janice Wong spoke to NPC delegate and Roundtable lawmaker, Michael Tien, and Professional Guild's legislator Charles Mok, from the opposition camp. She started by asking Mok if the year-long protests could have been avoided, or at least stopped, after the huge march of June 9, 2019:
Han Kuo-yo’s recall leaves KMT in a difficult position  Listenfacebook
Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang party has moved to distance itself from Beijing, after one of its most senior officials, Han Kuo-yu, lost a highly-charged recall election, as attitudes on the island harden towards the mainland. Adding to the KMT's woes, the Kaohsiung city council speaker, Hsu Kun-yuan, a party member and strong supporter of Han, jumped to his death late on Saturday after the mayor lost the vote. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Taiwan correspondent, Cindy Sui, whether Han's massive defeat had been expected:
Covid-19 cluster in Sha Tin block may be contained   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health authorities say coronavirus tests of almost 1,400 residents of a Sha Tin public housing block that was partially evacuated last week have all come back negative. Seven people who live in the building have been admitted to hospital after coming down with Covid-19. Timmy Sung reports:
Parents worry about return to classes   Listenfacebook
A survey shows six out of ten parents are concerned about pressures their children may face in returning to school following months of class suspensions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hong Kong Institute of Family Education spoke to 615 parents whose children study in kindergartens, and primary and secondary schools. Primary four to secondary two students go back to school on Monday, more than a week after senior students resumed classes. Eighty percent of the parents questioned said their children are happy to go back; but more than half believe they will have difficulty readjusting and catching up with their studies. The chief executive of the family education institute, Tik Chi-yuen, spoke to Timmy Sung:
US employment numbers ‘likely distorted’ by jobs protection scheme   Listenfacebook
The US Jobs figure for May stunned financial markets last week as American employers added 2.5 million jobs, instead of shedding seven million more as had been widely expected. That cut the US jobless rate to 13.3 percent and eased worries over the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if he was surprised that investors and others seemed so surprised by last month’s jobs report: