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    21 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Civic Development

    Issue

    • Watchdog urged to regulate the charities

    News Content

    • The Reform Commission proposed to form a new Charity Commission, which would process and grant licenses for organizations that raise money and enjoy tax exemption. The watchdog also has the power to de-register charities and change their trustees or directors.
    • According to the proposal, the charities would have to register with the watchdog and file annual reports with details of their main activities and accounting accords that the public could see. The new Charity Commission would be able to appoint additional trustees or directors and remove those it deemed guilty of misconduct or mismanagement.
    • The public will also be asked whether human rights group should be recognized as charities.
    • Christine Fan Meng-sang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, supported the proposal.

    Questions

    • The Society for Community Organization likened the proposed regulations to the national security law, required under Article 23 of the Basic Law.
    • The new Charity Commission, under the proposal, is given too much power. It has the power to de-register the offending charities and appoint or remove trustees or directors. As it is the common for the SAR government to appoint, instead of, allowing public to involve the selection process, the commission member, it is not sure if the commission will act on public interest, not just in the service of authoritarian regime.
    • Besides, it is bizarre to ask the public whether human rights group should be recognized as charities. Charities, as we know, are set up to serve the public good. Human rights advocacy is definitely part of the public good. The Law Reform Commission seems to suggest human right group should be not deemed as such.
     
    20 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Government’s amendment bill regarding the replacement mechanism for vacancies arising in the LegCo

    News Content

    • The Legislative Council Constitutional Affairs Panel held an 8-hour meeting last sat. Nearly hundred people or organizations attended the meeting. Half of the attending organizations rejected the government’s proposal, arguing that the proposal was absolutely absurd.
    • 63 academics signed a petition urging the government to drop the proposal. They argued it could undermine the political foundation in Hong Kong.
    • The Bar Association also submitted its views to the LegCo, arguing the proposal was incompatible with articles 26 and 68 of the Basic Law.
    • The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau however disputed the Association’s interpretation, saying the proposal was in line with the Basic Law.

    Questions

    • The government’s proposal will deprive Hong Kong people of their rights to vote for the candidate to fill the vacancy.
    • Besides, it will also deprive us of the rights to be elected in the by-elections.
    • The government should drop the proposal.
     
    17 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Governance

    Issue

    • Alleged Cronyism

    News Content

    • Financial Secretary Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah admitted for the first time at the special meeting of the Legislative Council’s information technology and broadcasting panel that he named iProA as suitable candidate to run HK$220 million internet program before the selection process started.
    • Moreover, Bassanio So Chek-leung, Godfrey’s deputy at the time also told the panel that Mr. John Tsang’s political assistant, Frankie Yip had asked about the likelihood of iProA being chosen when an evaluation panel was still considering five bids for the project.
    • A motion raised by Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat seeking a formal investigation into the incident using Legco’s special powers was blocked by the pro-establishment legislators.

    Questions

    • Increasing evidence showed that the government had politically intervened the selection process.
    • However, as the motion moved by Pan-democrat to use special powers to investigate the incident had been rejected by the legCo, it is extremely hard for the public to know the truth.
     
    15 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Land and Housing Policies

    Issue

    • Killer blaze at divided Flats kills 5 and wounds 19

    News Content

    • A killer blaze killing five people and wounding 19 in ma Tau Wai yesterday highlighted the dangers of divided flats in Hong Kong’s rotten downtown core.
    • The building, which was built in 1957, had been partitioned into rental cubicles. It is reported an apartment was even divided into seven cubicles.

    Questions

    • Mr. Lam Chun-man, former director of fire services told SCMP that subdivided flats often fell short of fire safety standards as the common corridor was too narrow, the doors were too thin, and some partitions lacked windows.
    • As property owners are waiting for flats to be bought for development, they are hesitated to spend in maintenance.
    • Mr. Vincent Ho Kui-yip, a spokesman for the Institute of Surveyors, said subdivided flats should be controlled by a licensing system.
     
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