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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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Male indigenous villagers’ rights fully restored   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has restored the full rights of male indigenous villagers to build their own homes, as it overturned a lower court ruling that narrowed the Small House Policy. The ruling means that male villagers can again buy land from the government to build houses, or make land swaps to do so. One of the applicants, Hendrick Lui, says he's considering whether to take the case to the Court of Final Appeal. Maggie Ho reports:
Government urged to resume processing village house applications   Listenfacebook
The Heung Yee Kuk welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling. The rural body's chairman, Kenneth Lau, says the government should now resume processing applications from villagers to build houses through private treaties and land exchange agreements as soon as possible. Jimmy Choi reports:
Appeal court ruling ‘denies’ general public of 900 ha of land   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal's decision to restore the full discriminatory rights of male indigenous villagers to build their own homes has been described as disastrous for Hong Kong's dwindling land resources. The CEO of Designing Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman, said the implications of the judgment could be dire. Brian Wong, from the land rights advocacy group, Liber Research Community, spoke to Janice Wong about the ruling:
Sinovac data to be reviewed ahead of roll out of vaccines next month   Listenfacebook
An expert panel appointed by the government will meet this week to review relevant clinical data on coronavirus vaccines. This was announced after media reports that China's Sinovac shot was found to be 50 percent effective during late-stage trials in Brazil. While this appears to be significantly lower than other vaccines Hong Kong has procured, the experts say more data is needed for a proper comparison. Frances Sit has the story:
Weekend lockdown for domestic helpers rejected   Listenfacebook
Labour secretary Law Chi-kwong has rejected a suggestion by DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat to impose a "weekend lockdown" on foreign domestic helpers to help fight Covid-19. He said the proposal may be discriminatory and noted that the infection rate among helpers is lower than that of the general population. On Wednesday, 42 coronavirus cases were confirmed, all locally acquired. Timmy Sung reports:
Health chief under fire for not backing city-wide lockdown   Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Sophia Chan has come under a barrage of criticism from pro-establishment lawmakers over what they say is the government's inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. One frustrated lawmaker complained that Chan sounded like a broken record in repeating her answers and suggested she retire. Here's Frances Sit:
Police deny sending suspects’ phones to the mainland  Listenfacebook
The police have denied a Washington Post report that officers have been sending mobile phones and other electronics devices seized from suspects here to their counterparts across the border to break into them. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Former Shenzhen detainee back in jail   Listenfacebook
One of the two teenagers handed back to Hong Kong last month after being caught crossing into mainland waters last year will remain behind bars here as he awaits trial. Prosecutors are considering laying more charges against Hoang Lam-phuc, as Violet Wong reports:
Judge says courts not a place to express political views   Listenfacebook
A District Court judge who ordered people wearing yellow masks out of his courtroom on Monday has explained that he had them tossed out not because of the colour, but because the masks had a political slogan on them. Damon Pang reports:
Plan for all workers to enjoy the same holidays to take nine years   Listenfacebook
The government has laid out a nine-year-plan to increase the number of statutory holidays from 12 to 17, starting with the addition of Buddha’s Birthday next year. But workers' representatives in the Labour Advisory Board immediately slammed the plan as being far too slow, saying the entire process should instead be shortened to a three-year span. Cecil Wong has more:
FS urged to hand out HK$5,000 vouchers to all   Listenfacebook
Accounting firm EY is forecasting Hong Kong to log its largest fiscal deficit on record. The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, is expected to announce the figure in next month's budget. As Chan seeks views for his spending blueprint, he's been warning that the government needs to be careful to avoid exhausting its reserves. Paul Ho, from EY Tax Services, spoke to Mike Weeks about its forecast:
WhatsApp accused of not being clear on new data policy  Listenfacebook
The Privacy Commissioner says Whatsapp hasn’t done enough to address widespread concerns about its controversial plans to start sharing a host of its users’ data with its parent company, Facebook. But at the same time, the watchdog says the new terms don’t violate Hong Kong’s privacy laws. Jimmy Choi reports:
Fans unite in mourning Melvis   Listenfacebook
Melvis, a Hong Kong institution particularly in the bar areas of Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, has died. Social media has seen an outpouring of tributes to Hong Kong’s Elvis who would walk around most evenings in his costumes in honour of the king, black hair with quaff and guitar on his back. The local branch of the International Elvis Fan Club confirmed that Kwok Lam-sang passed away at the end of December. Annemarie Evans looks back at his life: