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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Janice Wong and Priscilla Ng

2021-08-27
Friday

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Vetting committee unseats lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai   Listenfacebook
Legco President Andrew Leung says despite the disqualification of localist lawmaker, Cheng Chung-tai from Civic Passion, he believes the legislature can still reflect the views of Hong Kong people as the remaining lawmakers do not always support the government on all issues. Cheng was stripped of his seat on Thursday after national security officials concluded he was not fit to be on the Election Committee as he was not loyal to the SAR. Cheng was one of only two non-establishment lawmakers who had remained in the council following the pan-democratic camp's mass resignation last year. As Timmy Sung reports, Cheng is also barred from taking part in any elections over the next five years:
Analyst expresses surprise over unseating  Listenfacebook
Political commentator, Derek Yuen, said he was surprised at the disqualification of Cheng Chung-tai, and it showed the central authorities were not confident of leaving election decisions to people they didn't trust. He told Damon Pang there was no clear and impartial way to determine if someone was a patriot:
Waste charging plan approved after decades  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have approved the government's plan to charge households for their rubbish disposal based on the amount they throw away. However, as Joanne Wong reports, it will be another 18 months before the scheme actually comes into place:
Green groups unhappy about waste charging wait  Listenfacebook
Environmental groups have expressed misgivings about waiting 18 months for the Waste Disposal Bill to be implemented. Greenpeace campaigner Leanne Tam told Janice Wong the government has had 16 years to prepare from when the idea was first proposed. Tam urged the government to come up with a timeline as soon as possible for the bill's implementation:
Catering sector happy over waste exemption  Listenfacebook
A catering sector representative says he's happy the industry won't be charged for the food waste it produces, when the solid waste charge kicks in. Authorities will collect and handle sorted waste from restaurants for free. Simon Wong, who chairs the Federation of Restaurants, denies it's unfair that only his sector is exempt from the charge:
Green Earth says waste bill benefits F&B trade  Listenfacebook
A senior project officer with The Green Earth, Edmond Lau, has criticised the plan for the F&B sector to have their food waste collected for free. He also told Kelly Yu he had several concerns over the bill's delayed implementation:
Indonesia strikes helper agreement  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that foreign domestic workers can once again start flying in from Indonesia and the Philippines from Monday, after new arrangements were hammered out with authorities in the two countries. Damon Pang reports:
Debate over banning unvaccinated people from some areas  Listenfacebook
A medical expert has called for a ban on unvaccinated people entering crowded public places, only to be shot down by one of his peers who says such a move would never work. It comes as three new imported Covid-19 cases were reported on Thursday, involving people who arrived from Nepal, Pakistan and Greece. They were all fully-vaccinated. Violet Wong reports:
Remote voting considered for lawmakers  Listenfacebook
The government has proposed allowing lawmakers to vote remotely on important matters under exceptional circumstances, such as the pandemic. Damon Pang reports: