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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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Five-year election ban proposed for oath breakers   Listenfacebook
The government has proposed legal changes to require all district councillors to make a pledge of allegiance. Any who are disqualified for breaching their oaths would be banned from running for office for five years. Under the draft law, legislators who are disqualified for the same reason will also face a five-year ban. Priscilla Ng reports:
District councillors ‘face very difficult choice’  Listenfacebook
The government says four serving district councillors will almost certainly lose their seats when its legal changes to require them to pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong SAR and the Basic Law are passed next month. That's because Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen, Fergus Leung and Tat Cheng were disqualified by returning officers last year when they tried to run in the abandoned Legislative Council elections. Shum accused the government of crushing dissent and vowed to continue serving the public until the last possible moment. His colleague, Roy Tam, told Annemarie Evans he thinks all pro-democracy notions will effectively be banned under the proposed amendments:
Convenience has taken over from the law: Emily Lau   Listenfacebook
The Democratic Party's former chairwoman and legislator, Emily Lau, says Hong Kong’s political system is being turned upside down and is moving ever closer to the mainland’s system. She told Mike Weeks that legal amendments requiring all district councillors to make a pledge of allegiance are creating a great deal of anxiety:
HK told it has insufficient lawmakers to amend elections   Listenfacebook
The vice chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee, Maria Tam, says the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will have to decide on reforms to the SAR's electoral system, because Hong Kong doesn't have enough lawmakers left to do it itself. Violet Wong reports:
Carrie Lam says Beijing has to solve Hong Kong’s problems  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Beijing has to get involved in solving Hong Kong’s political problems in order to ensure that “One Country, Two Systems” survives. Wendy Wong has more:
2021-22 budget expected to be a delicate balancing act   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, is set to deliver his budget speech on Wednesday morning. He'll do so against the backdrop of the unprecedented pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an economy in recession, and a record budget deficit and jobless rate. So all eyes are on Chan to see what help he can muster up for businesses and workers from his rapidly depleting financial firepower. Here's Joanne Wong:
Delay in test result sees woman rushed to ICU   Listenfacebook
Two buildings in San Po Kong were sealed off overnight in the first ambush-style lockdowns in two weeks. Just one of 12 Covid-19 cases confirmed on Tuesday were from Cambridge Building or Tong Seng Mansion, but all residents were cordoned off for testing. Despite that, no new infections were found. Earlier, health authorities revealed that a 55-year-old woman is in intensive care after she waited for several days to receive her positive test result for coronavirus. Wendy Wong has the details:
Covid jabs fully booked for the next fortnight  Listenfacebook
People eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations have rushed to book appointments to get inoculated. Around 70,000 snapped up all the available spots for the next two weeks as authorities started accepting appointments on Tuesday. Around 200 people were also given their jabs in a trial run, as Vicky Wong reports:
‘No charges’ for vaccinations at private clinics  Listenfacebook
More than a thousand private doctors across the territory will start taking part in Hong Kong's Covid-19 vaccination programme as early as next week. Tens of thousands of people have already made appointments at government-run vaccination centres, which are fully booked for the next two weeks. Janice Wong asked the President of the Medical Association, Choi Kin, if he was surprised at the response to the opening of the scheme:
HSBC dividend ‘better than nothing’   Listenfacebook
HSBC reported a post-tax profit of US$6.1 billion on Tuesday. That’s 30 percent down on last year. Group Chief Executive Noel Quinn said the pandemic had caused a large rise in credit losses and interest rates cuts had hit revenue. But the bank did announce a resumption of dividend payments, of HK$0.15 per share. Its share proce surged more than six percent immediately after the announcement, but gave back most of those gains to finish just under 0.5 percent higher in Hong Kong. Dickie Wong, from Kingston Securities, told Joanne Wong the excitement of investors quickly waned as they digested the details of HSBC's dividend policy: