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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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Beijing suggests legal clarification of Putonghua’s status   Listenfacebook
The Ministry of Education in Beijing has suggested Hong Kong clarify in law the status of simplified Chinese and Mandarin. It would also like students here to learn Putonghua under a system where it's part of the local exam structure. Robert Kemp has more:
CE wants to make it easier for retirees to move across the border   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has dismissed the notion that Hong Kong’s ageing population is a major social problem. As Damon Pang reports, she says the SAR can always adjust its demographics by moving people across the border:
Vaccine contamination blamed for policeman’s false positive  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's streak of no untraceable Covid-19 infections is now back to more than a month, after health officials declared that Tuesday’s confirmed local Covid-19 case did not have the virus after all. As Frances Sit reports, an infectious disease expert says vaccine contamination at a private clinic could have been the reason for the mix-up:
Advisory panel in favour of BioNTech for over-12s   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is poised to allow children as young as 12 to get the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. A government adviser revealed that all members of the administration's vaccine panel support the expansion of the inoculation campaign. Joanne Wong has that story:
Health minister urges people to ‘embrace’ vaccination   Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Sophia Chan has voiced support for an expert committee's decision to stop reporting every death following a coronavirus jab. She says notifying people only about "meaningful cases" will help them better understand the situation. Timmy Sung reports:
No pay rises or promotions for unvaccinated HKFC staff   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Football Club has told its employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19, warning that a failure to do so without a medical exemption will see them miss out on pay rises, bonuses and even promotions. Timmy Sung has the details:
June 4th Museum closed  Listenfacebook
The June 4th Museum has closed its doors, after officials said it might be operating without the required licence. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department went to the Mong Kok museum on Tuesday, after officials said they'd received complaints. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China decided to close it shortly after so it could seek legal advice and protect the safety of staff and visitors. Its vice chairman Richard Tsoi told Violet Wong it's unlikely that the museum will reopen on Friday, for the 32nd anniversary:
Closure of Tiananmen museum a ‘sensible’ assessment of risks   Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says the closure of the June 4th Museum is a prudent move given the current pressures Hong Kong is under from Beijing. He also says he doubts it will reopen for at least a few days. But Chung told Janice Wong that people are quite creative in coming up with ways to commemorate June 4 in their own way:
Bar Association calls legal aid criticism unfair   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will review the legal aid system. That came after DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat said she was concerned that many protesters involved in the 2019 anti-government unrest would get access to public funds for their defence. But Lam said legal aid helped ensure everyone was equal before the law, although she also believes the more-than-50-year-old system should be reviewed. Barrister Jeffrey Tam, the chair of the Bar Association’s legal aid reform standing committee, told Mike Weeks more about the potential scope for changes:
Record May heat just a taste of climate change to come   Listenfacebook
The Observatory has confirmed that last month was the hottest May on record in Hong Kong. The mean temperature was 29 degrees Celsius, almost three degrees higher than usual. There was also a record number of hot nights, while rainfall was only about a fifth of the usual level. Janice Wong asked the Observatory’s former assistant director, Leung Wing-mo, why the month was so hot and dry: