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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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Pan-dems vow to quit Legco if more lawmakers are purged   Listenfacebook
Pan-democrat lawmakers say they will resign en masse if Beijing moves to have any of them disqualified. They were responding to reports that the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is set to oust four of them on the grounds that they had violated their oaths of office. Violet Wong has the story:
Beijing ‘adamant on getting rid of all democrats’ from Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The legal sector’s representative in the Legislative Council, Dennis Kwok, says it seems Beijing believes there's no longer room for any dissenting voices in Hong Kong. He made the comment after sources told RTHK that he and fellow Civic Party legislators Alvin Yeung and Kwok Ka-ki, and accountancy councillor Kenneth Leung, are likely to be stripped of their seats over weeks of filibustering in Legco. The entire opposition camp threatened to resign on Monday if that happens. Janice Wong asked Yeung – the leader of the Civic Party - what that would achieve:
US sanctions four more officials over HK security law   Listenfacebook
The White House has sanctioned four more Hong Kong and mainland officials over the National Security Law. They're the first sanctions on China since Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Trump in last week's election. Sean Kennedy has more:
Biden ‘unlikely to lift sanctions’ unless situation in HK changes  Listenfacebook
The issue of sanctions on Hong Kong officials is just one of the many thorny issues in US-China relations that president-elect Mike Weeks asked professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan, from the Baptist University's Department of Government and International Studies, if the US sanctions, slapped on four more Hong Kong and mailand officials on Monday over their alleged roles in crushing dissent in the SAR, are a last throw of the dice by the Trump administration:
Security police arrest another former member of Studentlocalism  Listenfacebook
National security department officers have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with the investigation into teenager Tony Chung and two other young people linked to the now-disbanded pro-independence group, Studentlocalism. Priscilla Ng has details:
Illegal bookies use FPS to collect around HK$500 million   Listenfacebook
Police say they have neutralised an illegal bookmaking syndicate that allegedly collected debts through the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s popular online payment platform, Faster Payment System. Timmy Sung has the details:
Layoffs at centre of MPF-offsetting row  Listenfacebook
Debate is heating up between management and labour over a government decision not to move ahead for the time being with the scrapping of the controversial MPF offsetting mechanism. A workers' representative warned that an expected wave of business shutdowns and layoffs because of the pandemic could drain people's retirement funds. But bosses argued that it was time to rethink the proposed elimination of the offsetting mechanism because struggling companies would otherwise be unable to meet their obligations in sacking staff. Wendy Wong has more.
Any HK airline can apply for rights freed up by CX restructuring  Listenfacebook
The government has made it clear that Cathay Pacific won't necessarily be given the traffic rights previously held by its now-defunct subsidiary, Cathay Dragon. The issue came up in Legco at a special meeting to discuss the airline's job cuts and restructuring. Joanne Wong reports:
Green groups fight Kau Yi Chau port reclamation plan   Listenfacebook
Several green groups are urging the public to support a campaign against plans to build an artificial island off Lantau, to be used as an extension of the Kwai Chung cargo terminal. They support an application by the Peng Chau Reclamation Concern Group to the Town Planning Board to rezone the 3.2-square kilometre area for general marine use instead. The board is scheduled to discuss the matter in January. Mike Weeks asked the concern group’s Tony Fung if this reclamation is connected to Carrie Lam’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision project: