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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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Pandemic prompts first freeze in minimum wage  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's minimum wage has been frozen for the first time since its implementation a decade ago. Welfare chief Law Chi-kwong insists the decision strikes "a fine balance" between the views of bosses and employees, denying it's unfair to grassroots workers. Violet Wong reports:
Wage freeze ‘no help’ for firms fighting for survival   Listenfacebook
The Labour Secretary, Law Chi-kwong, says the decision to hold baseline pay unchanged for two more years was based on a recommendation by the Minimum Wage Commission, taking into account the current poor economic situation in Hong Kong. But pro-business Liberal Party leader Felix Chung says even with the pay freeze, many firms are likely to soon go under unless the government eases its tough anti-pandemic measures or stumps up more money to keep them afloat. Annemarie Evans asked the lawmaker if he welcomed the move:
SOCO says minimum pay decision will only increase poverty  Listenfacebook
Workers representatives have criticised the decision to freeze the minimum wage for two more years, saying it's tantamount to a pay cut when inflation is factored in. Sze Lai-shan, of the Society for Community Organisation, told Janice Wong that low-paid workers are angry and worried about the move:
CE says lockdowns should not be measured by infections found  Listenfacebook
The number of Covid-19 infections confirmed on Tuesday fell to 25. Despite that, more residential buildings in Sham Shui Po, Jordan and Tin Shui Wai were sealed off on Tuesday night for mandatory testing. Some 1,600 people were tested in Sham Shui Po, with no new cases found. Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited the area on Tuesday night. Earlier she rejected suggestions that the draconian measures to screen people for the virus are a waste of money and resources, even though in most cases no infections are found. Wendy Wong reports:
Locked-down residents warned to open their doors   Listenfacebook
The administration has warned that the authorities could break into people's homes and forcibly remove them if they don't answer the door during so-called ambush lockdowns. Priscilla Ng has more:
Uniqlo staff face mandatory testing  Listenfacebook
Health officials have ordered 80 staff at a Uniqlo shop in Mong Kok's Langham Place to undergo testing after three employees came down with coronavirus. At the same time, infectious disease experts are urging the government to lockdown construction sites for mass screening if there are any outbreaks in them. Timmy Sung reports:
National security top priority for police   Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has put the safeguarding of national security as the force’s top priority this year. He said his officers will step up intelligence gathering to try to stamp out those threats. He also dismissed suggestions that the force is trying to spread “white terror” by making mass arrests under the security law. Tang said the police remain on guard against potential 'lone-wolf attacks', as he credited the national security law for helping restore law and order in Hong Kong. Timmy Sung reports:
Second Hong Kong 12 lawyer sees licence revoked  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities have revoked the licence of another lawyer who was engaged by the family of one of the 12 young Hong Kong activists detained in Shenzhen after allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan last year. Cecil Wong reports:
Government lawmakers plan further changes to Legco rules  Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that pro-establishment lawmakers are planning to further limit the room for any form of filibustering in the Legislative Council. Natale Ching has the details:
Most HK people believe action on climate change not their responsibility  Listenfacebook
The World Green Organisation says the coronavirus pandemic is leading to a surge in plastic waste as people turn to takeaway food. It also found that the outbreak has led to people walking less, threatening both their health and the government's environmental objectives. A survey it conducted in June showed the majority of people were reluctant to say no to single-use plastic cutlery. Dr William Yu told Mike Weeks more about its findings:
UK mourns the loss of Captain Tom Moore  Listenfacebook
Former British army Captain Sir Tom Moore, who won hearts with a Covid-19 fundraising drive last year, has died at the age of 100 after catching the virus. As a 99-year-old, he raised millions of pounds for the UK’s National Health Service by walking around his garden. London-based correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Weeks that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had called Moore a “true hero”: