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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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Covid case forces partial evacuation of Western block   Listenfacebook
A housing block in Sai Ying Pun has been partially evacuated after one of its residents came down with coronavirus. Although his was the only local Covid-19 infection confirmed on Wednesday, there were also more than 10 suspected cases, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Mr Ming’s disputes ventilation pronouncement   Listenfacebook
A Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant linked to dozens of coronavirus cases has refuted the suggestion that ventilation problems helped spread the virus in its outlet at an upmarket shopping mall. As Natale Ching reports, Mr Ming's found its own expert to look at the ventilation there:
Rent rises for subdivided flats ‘should’ be capped at 15 percent  Listenfacebook
A government task force has recommended the introduction of standard contracts for subdivided flats, and that rent rises be capped at 15 percent in order to better protect the poor families who live in them. Timmy Sung reports:
Better protection urged for poor tenants  Listenfacebook
The Subdivided Flats Concerning Platform says the 15 percent rent-rise cap and other measures proposed by the task force don't go far enough to help poor people living in such cramped accommodation. Lai Kin-kwok, a member of the concern group, says the rent per square metre for such properties is well above market value. He told Jim Gould that the cap would be meaningless unless initial rents are brought down to a more reasonable level:
Four jailed over airport melee  Listenfacebook
Two men have been jailed for 45 months each for rioting during a protest at the airport in 2019. Two others were given shorter jail terms for unlawful assembly. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Andy Li’s family questions where lawyer came from   Listenfacebook
The sister of national security suspect Andy Li said the lawyer who represented her brother in court on Wednesday was not hired by the family, raising questions about whether the situation was similar to his trial in Shenzhen last year when Li was assigned counsel by mainland authorities. Timmy Sung reports:
Washington confirms no special status for Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
The Biden administration has confirmed that it will follow the previous US government in refusing to give special treatment to Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he has certified that the SAR does not warrant separate treatment from the rest of China. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong government rejected the findings of a highly critical report by the US State Department on human rights here. Washington also voiced opposition to Beijing's overhaul of the SAR's electoral system, saying it will further reduce political participation and representation in Hong Kong. Maggie Ho has the details:
Changes see ‘mainlandisation’ of Election Committee  Listenfacebook
One of the surprises unveiled in Beijing's sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system was that the expanded Election Committee would have a chief convenor holding an "office of state leadership". This means that the committee will not only be in charge of nominating candidates for chief executive and lawmakers, appointing or providing 40 of the 90 members of the Legislative Council, but will also be headed up by a state leader. Mike Weeks asked Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a political science professor at Baptist University and an associate at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, what he made of the changes:
Election Committee changes draw mixed reaction  Listenfacebook
Changes to the Election Committee sub-sectors proposed in Beijing's overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system are generating heated debate. Some are concerned about the merging of the higher education and education sectors, while others are unhappy with the plan to include innovation in the IT sub sector. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says that's necessary because innovation is an important part of Hong Kong and relevant groups and organisations, instead of individuals, should be considered. She says information technology is more of an industry and lacks a statutory registration mechanism, like for professions such as lawyers and doctors. Some IT representatives welcome the changes, but others see them as politically driven. Timmy Sung reports:
Overhaul ‘raises questions’ over how much people’s votes matter   Listenfacebook
Political analyst Ma Ngok says the political changes set to be enacted in Hong Kong could lead to conflicts of interest. The associate professor at the Chinese University questioned the rationale for including Fight Crime and Fire Safety committee members in the new all-powerful Election Committee. He also told Violet Wong that the newly-added grassroots representatives on the expanded committee will increase Beijing's influence in Hong Kong's elections:
Citizenship and social development to replace liberal studies   Listenfacebook
Boards advising the Education Bureau have proposed that it rename liberal studies as ‘Citizenship and Social Development’. Jimmy Choi has more on that: