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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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CE says Basic Law does not mention separation of powers  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has backed up her education secretary's controversial assertion that Hong Kong does not have separation of powers. Lam pointed out there's no mention of this in the Basic Law and it's time for the government to set the matter straight. Priscilla Ng has more:
Exco member says separation of powers exists in fact in HK  Listenfacebook
A member of Carrie Lam's Executive Council, Ronny Tong, has sought to down play concerns over the Chief Executive's assertion that there's no mention of separation of powers in the Basic Law. But Tong said while it is true there's no mention of this in Hong Kong's mini constitution, that was clearly the intention of the Basic Law drafters. The senior counsel told RTHK's Annemarie Evans there are clearly checks and balances:
Denial of separation of power ‘heralds’ another U-turn on governance  Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker and barrister Dennis Kwok says if the Chief Executive is right on the separation of powers, then several rulings by Hong Kong's top court must have been wrong. Kwok accused Carrie Lam and her government of just following Beijing's orders in making the claim. But he told Violet Wong the Court of Final Appeal should now clarify the situation:
Legal expert fears HK is falling into line with Beijing on rule of law  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong constitutional law professor Johannes Chan says a close reading of the Basic Law indicates clearly the intention to implement a system of separation of power in Hong Kong. But the honorary senior counsel said he fears the assertions by the Chief Executive and Education Secretary Kevin Yeung on the issue mean the Hong Kong government is falling in line with Beijing, which doesn’t believe in constraining state power with the law. Mike Weeks asked him if this whole issue is really an argument about nothing, as an executive councillor contends, why does Carrie Lam have to set the record straight:
Mass coronavirus testing capacity to be boosted on Thursday   Listenfacebook
The government says its city-wide coronavirus testing has got off to a good start, with around 126,000 people giving samples on Tuesday. Officials said around 700,000 people had now signed up for the voluntary tests by the end of the first day of the programme, and capacity at the SAR's 141 testing centres will be expanded from Thursday. Frances Sit has the story:
Doctor says raising testing quota a good idea if distancing maintained   Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip announced on the first day of the government’s mass screening programme for Covid-19 that capacity at Hong Kong’s 141 testing centres will be increased from Thursday. The chairman of Medical Conscience, Dr David Lam, worked at a sample collection centre in Jordan on Tuesday. Janice Wong asked him how things had gone:
Carrie Lam denies trust issue over mass testing   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has rejected the idea that a lack of trust in her government is putting people off joining the city-wide coronavirus testing programme. Instead, she accused critics of unnecessarily whipping up fears about it, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Start of 2021 DSE exams delayed until late April  Listenfacebook
Exam authorities are putting back next year's Diploma of Secondary Education exams in light of class suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority also announced that it is simplifying the way school-based work will be assessed. Damon Pang has the details: