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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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Quarantine exemption set to be a one-way scheme   Listenfacebook
Quarantine requirements for arrivals from Guangdong and Macau could shortly be lifted, following Chief Executive Carrie Lam's visit to both places. RTHK has learned that the government may announce the plan on Wednesday, to exempt Hong Kong residents crossing the border from 14 days of isolation. But they would still be required to have tested negative for Covid-19 from a recognised agency, and travellers heading to Macau and Guangdong would still face quarantine there. Medical Association infectious disease expert Dr Leung Chi-chiu says people who come back without going into quarantine should play it safe. He spoke to Joanne Wong:
Free covid testing to be offered to Tai Po teachers  Listenfacebook
The government is fast-tracking plans for free coronavirus tests for school teachers and staff in Tai Po, where there's been a recent spate of infections. Here's Wendy Wong.
NPCSC to set down new guidelines on oaths, loyalty of HK lawmakers   Listenfacebook
Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung says media reports that Beijing is planning to disqualify a number of pro-democracy lawmakers for filibustering are just "speculative". But RTHK understands Beijing could interpret article 104 of the Basic Law on the oath-taking of legislators as early as today. Executive Councillor Ronny Tong says there's a need for mainland authorities to define what it means to uphold the Basic Law and be loyal to the SAR, given the filibustering of Legislative Council meetings. He spoke to Wendy Wong:
Felix Chung says removal of opposition would not be healthy  Listenfacebook
If Beijing does interpret the Basic Law on breaches of the oath taken by Hong Kong lawmakers and what constitutes loyalty to the Hong Kong SAR, it would be the second interpretation since 2016. Pan-democrats have vowed to resign en masse if this definition is then used to disqualify any of them. The leader of the pro-establishment Liberal Party, Felix Chung, spoke with Mike Weeks about his expectations for yet another interpretation of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution:
Electricity bills set to rise despite freeze on power tariffs   Listenfacebook
The city's two power companies, CLP and Hongkong Electric, say they won't be increasing their overall charges for customers in the year ahead. But the end of a government subsidy for electricity means bills for many people will still go up. Richard Pyne has the details:
Concerns raised over anonymous complaints against educators   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's largest teachers union is calling for the Education Bureau to stop entertaining anonymous complaints against schools and their staff. The Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) says a slew of "ungrounded" complaints are interfering with the ability of schools to teach in a normal environment. It also found a majority of school principals, who responded to a recent PTU survey, did not find the reasons given by the bureau for disqualifying a primary school teacher last month to be convincing. The government de-registered the teacher for allegedly promoting Hong Kong independence through lesson material he prepared. The president of the PTU, Fung Wai-wah, spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Health subsidies welcomed for HK people living in Guangdong  Listenfacebook
A patients' rights group has welcomed the launch of government scheme that subsidises Hong Kong people seeking medical treatment on the mainland, but believes the subsidy should have come sooner. It's estimated that more than 30,000 people living across the border haven't been able to attend consultations at Hong Kong public hospitals because of quarantine rules. The government will now give people 2,000 yuan to see doctors at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital instead. A spokesman for the Patients' Rights Association, Tim Pang, told Wendy Wong that it's better late than never:
RTHK colleagues support Bao Choy at court hearing   Listenfacebook
RTHK producer Bao Choy appeared in court on Tuesday on a charge related to the public broadcaster's investigation of those behind the vicious mob attack in Yuen Long Station on July 21, 2019. She's accused of violating the Road Traffic Ordinance in making licence plate searches. Frances Sit reports:
Sergeant gets community service for drunken assault on policewoman  Listenfacebook
A police sergeant has been given 160 hours of community service for assaulting a female colleague during a row over alcohol. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Catholic Church faces more damning reports on child sex abuse   Listenfacebook
A Vatican report has found that former American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through the Catholic Church despite persistent rumours of sexual misconduct with minors, and two Popes allowed that to happen. Twenty years ago, John Paul II made McCarrick archbishop of Washington despite being warned about his behaviour. Pope Benedict also comes in for criticism, though the current head of the church, Pope Francis, is largely cleared of blame. The Vatican and its representatives in Britain have also come in for damning criticism from an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church there. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey about the report’s findings:
Operation Santa Claus: Home of Loving Faithfulness  Listenfacebook
RTHK’s annual Christmas charity drive, Operation Santa Claus, is underway. One of this year’s beneficiaries is the 'Home of Loving Faithfulness'. Radio 3’s Cruz Macalligan spoke to its superintendent, Gretchen Ryan: