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


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Investors protest outside Evergrande headquarters  Listenfacebook
Chaotic scenes have erupted outside the Shenzhen headquarters of cash-strapped developer, China Evergrande Group. Some 100 disgruntled investors crowded into its lobby on Monday to demand repayment of loans and financial products. The company has since issued a statement saying online speculation about bankruptcy and restructuring is totally untrue. Evergrande, which has a Hong Kong listing, has liabilities of more than US$300 billion. It was downgraded by two credit ratings agencies last week. Robert Kemp reports:
DAB hopes for quick govt overhaul  Listenfacebook
The DAB chairwoman, Starry Lee, says she hopes the government can work fast on a revamp that's expected to see the creation of new bureaus to tackle housing problems and cultural development. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, hinted at the changes over the weekend, and reports say she'll announce a study on the matter in her policy address next month. The DAB chairwoman says she hopes the changes can be finished by the time a new administration takes office next summer. She spoke to Frances Sit:
Filibustering held back govt revamp talks  Listenfacebook
Liberal Party leader and lawmaker Felix Chung says discussion over a government revamp of its bureaux has been going on in Legco for the past 10 years but was hampered by filibustering by opposition lawmakers. He told Janice Wong that the Transport and Housing Bureau had too much work to do and should be separated:
National security warning to charities  Listenfacebook
The government says it will start stripping charities of their tax exemptions if they're deemed to have engaged in or supported activities that are contrary to the interests of national security. The new tax guide for charities takes immediate effect and analysts say it's part of a sweep of groups with ties to the opposition. Joanne Wong reports:
Jailed lawmaker resigns from political groups  Listenfacebook
Jailed former Democratic Party chairman and lawmaker Albert Ho says he's quitting the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which is being accused by the government of violating the national security law. Ho is currently serving an 18-month prison term over unlawful assemblies in 2019 and has announced he's leaving three groups in total, which have all been requested to submit information to police. Jimmy Choi reports:
High Court overturns unfair convictions  Listenfacebook
The High Court has overturned the convictions of two people accused of joining an unlawful assembly in 2019, saying the trial wasn't fair. But it's upheld the convictions of six other defendants in the case. Robert Kemp reports:
Academic: Covid not to blame for low Macau turnout  Listenfacebook
Macau election officials have blamed the pandemic for a low voter turnout in the SAR's election on Sunday, when voters went to the polls to choose 14 directly-elected lawmakers. The elections took place after 21 opposition candidates were disqualified from running, after they were deemed to have failed to meet requirements to pledge allegiance to the SAR. University of Macau political scientist Eilo Yu disagreed that the pandemic kept people away from the polls. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Lawmaker expects lower turnout for Legco elections  Listenfacebook
In Hong Kong, Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien says he also expects a drop in turnout in the upcoming Legco polls. He told Frances Sit it was because people would need to "get used to" new rules after Beijing's implemented electoral changes here. The changes mean the number of directly-elected seats has been substantially reduced and candidacy requirements altered to ensure only "patriots" can stand for election:
Smaller rent hikes proposed for sub-divided flats  Listenfacebook
There's been a mixed response after the government proposed smaller rent hikes for tenants of sub-divided units. Some have welcomed the suggestion, while others say it'll reduce the supply of such flats for the needy. Joanne Wong reports:
Students welcome first full-day classes  Listenfacebook
Form six students at a Kwun Tong secondary school have become the first in Hong Kong to resume full-day classes. The pupils say it's important to be able to spend more time in lessons to prepare for public exams. Wong Yin-ting reports: