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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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Another lawmaker flees Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Former Democratic Party legislator Ted Hui says he has gone into exile and will not be returning to Hong Kong. He’s the second former pro-democracy lawmaker to flee the SAR, but reports suggest that another of his former colleagues, Sixtus Leung, has also gone, to the United States, to avoid bankruptcy proceedings. Hui faces a number of criminal charges over protest-related activities that he said could land him in jail for years. He travelled to Denmark earlier this week. He made the announcement of his self-imposed exile there, but said he won't be seeking asylum anywhere because Hong Kong is still his home. Candice Wong reports:
Hui kept Democratic Party in the dark over his decision to flee  Listenfacebook
Following Ted Hui’s announcement of his self-imposed exile, the government issued a statement strongly condemning anyone who absconds and hides from their legal responsibility. It also said it would explore means to bring them back to face trial. The Democratic Party said it "respects" Hui's decision to go and accepts his withdrawal from the party. Janice Wong asked Wu Chi-wai, the Democratic Party’s chairman, if he knew that Hui intended to flee:
Jimmy Lai remanded in custody for four months  Listenfacebook
Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was denied bail after appearing in court on Thursday over allegations of fraud. Some 200 police were involved in his high-profile arrest in August for allegedly breaching the national security law. And it seems the possibility he could be charged under the legislation imposed by Beijing was the reason he now has to spend the next four months in jail before his case is heard again in April. Wendy Wong reports:
National Security judge to oversee trial of People Power head   Listenfacebook
A judge designated to handle national security cases will oversee the expected trial of People Power leader Tam Tak-chi. The activist was arrested in September for allegedly inciting hatred and contempt of the government at street booths across Hong Kong between June and August. He hasn't been charged with breaching the national security law, but he has been held ever since. Violet Wong reports:
Sentencing of former Demosisto trio ‘could’ be appealed  Listenfacebook
Prominent legal scholar Eric Cheung has criticised the sentences handed down to pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam on Wednesday, arguing they were disproportionately heavy. The trio were given jail terms ranging from seven to 13-and-a-half months, over a siege of the police headquarters in June last year. Cheung says the magistrate appears to have taken into consideration factors that she shouldn't have. The University of Hong Kong scholar spoke to Damon Pang:
Government’s ‘irrational’ use of power driving people to flee   Listenfacebook
A political commentator says he believes the refusal of bail to people detained under the national security law is prompting people like Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui to flee Hong Kong. Chung Kim-wah, from the Polytechnic University, spoke to Mike Weeks about Hui’s self-imposed exile and Thursday’s decision to remand Next Media’s Jimmy Lai in custody on fraud charges over the use of his company’s headquarters:
Inquest into student’s death adjourned over new video image  Listenfacebook
An inquest into the death of university student Chow Tsz-lok during last year's anti-government protests has heard that "a very important image" has been found from security camera footage. That prompted the coroner to adjourn the hearing. Richard Pyne has details:
Teachers question motivation behind ‘values education’   Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau has made what it called “law-abidingness” and “empathy” core values for all local schools, and has directed them to strengthen the implementation of “values education”. A spokesman said students should be taught to respect different views, to help create a harmonious and caring society. But the president of the Professional Teachers' Union, Fung Wai-wah, says the move appears to be politically motivated, noting that students already learn these values under the existing curriculum:
Government urged to speed up vaccine approval process  Listenfacebook
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong says the government should follow the UK's footsteps to seek emergency approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Its president, William Chui, says the authorities should also try to secure various vaccines from different sources at the same time, including from the mainland. He told Candice Wong the SAR is unlikely to receive any shipments soon, but that's probably an advantage:
Increased social distancing fines ‘unfair to the poor’  Listenfacebook
Ninety coronavirus infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Thursday, 31 of them of unknown source. The Centre for Health Protection says this suggests people carrying Covid-19 are passing it on unknowingly. To try to stop community transmission, the government has proposed raising the fine for those who violate social-distancing regulations from HK$2,000 to HK$10,000. But an infectious disease expert says this is not fair to the poor. Dr Leung Chi-chiu told Damon Pang that instead of raising fines, the government should step up law enforcement:
Underprivileged students struggle with online learning   Listenfacebook
Schools across the city have suspended classes for the rest of the year as a precaution against Covid-19. But kids are still having classes online ahead of the winter break. It's something most have got used to: they've had months of online learning during previous Covid spikes. But is learning through a computer screen really comparable with face-to-face teaching? And do underprivileged students find it harder to keep up because they don't have fast computers or internet connections? RTHK's Violet Wong found out what learning at a distance is like for two students who live in a subdivided flat:
Operation Santa Claus: Zubin Foundation  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is helping 19 beneficiaries this year, one of which is the Zubin Foundation. Radio 3's Peter King spoke to two people whose lives have changed for the better thanks to the foundation and its founder and CEO Shalini Mahtani: