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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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EOC drafting bill on sexual minority rights   Listenfacebook
The head of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission says it is drafting a bill to cover sexual minorities' rights that currently are not protected. But it’s likely that issues such as same-sex marriage won’t be addressed for the foreseeable future, as the equality chief said the watchdog wants to focus now on the basic rights of sexual minorities. Frances Sit reports:
FS says laws and procedures must be simplified to boost land supply   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says Hong Kong must make real progress towards solving its housing problem if it wants to get rid of subdivided flats by 2049. He was responding to remarks by Beijing's top official on Hong Kong that he hoped there would be no shortage of affordable housing here by the time the People's Republic of China celebrates its centenary. Since Xia Baolong's comments two weeks ago, there's been much talk in the community about how achievable that goal is, or why there's a need to wait so long to achieve it? Timmy Sung reports:
HK targets set by Beijing ‘part of new era for the SAR’   Listenfacebook
A legal scholar and commentator says rushing through laws and reaching targets set by Beijing are part of Hong Kong’s “new era”. Danny Gittings was speaking about the response of local officials and lawmakers to remarks made by senior Beijing official, Xia Baolong, that Hong Kong would bid farewell to caged homes and subdivided houses by 2049. One of them, executive councilor Regina Ip, said the goal would be easier to reach now that the Legislative Council has no real opposition. Mike Weeks asked Gittings about her remark:
First-come, first-served call for public housing allocation   Listenfacebook
The government has been accused of discriminating against young and middle-aged single people when it comes to allocating public housing. That's because they get pushed aside by the elderly who have priority. The Society for Community Organisation said the government should consider going back to a first-come, first-served system. Damon Pang reports:
Ninety percent vaccination urged before lifting pandemic rules   Listenfacebook
A top microbiologist says Hong Kong should only ease social-distancing rules when around 90 percent of the population is fully-vaccinated against Covid-19. Right now, only a third of the population has received two jabs. The comments came as Hong Kong went another day without any local coronavirus infections. Joanne Wong has the details:
HK$230m of dangerous drugs seized by customs   Listenfacebook
Customs officers say they've seized more than HK$230-million worth of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in the past two weeks. As Brian Mok reports, they said the hauls of heroin and liquid meth were the largest for two decades:
Senior US official in China on fence-mending mission   Listenfacebook
Foreign Minister Wang Yi is among officials expected to meet US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday in Tianjin. It's the first high-ranking, face-to-face contact between the two sides since China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanged sharp rebukes in Anchorage in March over Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang and more. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if he expects a more positive outcome from these talks:
HK badminton player’s black shirt sparks controversy  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong badminton player Angus Ng says people should focus on the performances of athletes rather than what they wear. He made the remark after he came under attack for wearing a black shirt with his name and Hong Kong, China emblazoned on the back in his men's singles group match at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Damon Pang reports: