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    14 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Land and Housing Policies

    Issue

    • Illegal Structures

    News Content

    • Mrs. Carrie, Secretary for Development met Heung Yee Kuk Chief Lau Wong-fat yesterday to discuss how to handle the illegal structures in village houses. Although the government insisted extra storeys at all village houses should be torn down, the Kuk argued it only covered the small houses built after 1972.
    • Both held different views if glass houses should be demolished. Kuk representative lam Kowk-cheong said if glass houses did not occupy over half of the rooftop areas, they had the possibility to be reserved. However, Lam insisted all, regardless of size, should be demolished.
    • Mrs. Lam said three types of small-scale works such as a small canopy at the door, solar-power water heaters on rooftops and burglars bars on terraces, which were considered unauthorized work in the past, would be allowed from now on.

    Questions

    • The government has not made itself clear if all the glass houses at rooftop should be cleared, causing unnecessary ambiguities in law enforcement.
    • Some members of Heung Yee Kuk, were found having illegal structures at their houses. And the illegal structures are still left untouched. It raised question if the government will be tough in enforcing law.
     
    8 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Constitutional Development – Universal Suffrage

    Issue

    • CE Election 2012

    News Content

    • The top-tipped candidate for the next Chief Executive and Chief Secretary, Mr. Henry Tang is alleged to use public resources for his election campaign.
    • A document titled ‘CEOProject_meeting’ was released to ‘Apple Daily’ by an unidentified source. The 45-paged document has names like Henry, Darryl, Denise and Winnie, which highly corresponds to Henry Tang, his press secretary Darryl Chan, GIS’s Chinese Editor Denise Kwok and Dr. Winnie Tang, the president of iProA.
    • Quoted an unidentified source, the report said Dr. Henry Tang; the iProA president helped building Tang’s website.
    • Chief Secretary Office said the CS’s official website has been constantly reviewed but it is never involved in any election campaign. Mr. Darryl Chan said he had never heard of the campaign website, and never engaged in the alleged meetings.

    Questions

    • The report questioned if Civil servants had been helping Tang for his election campaign. If so, it may be breaching the civil service code.
    • The allegation also raises public eyebrows as it may undermine justice in the election process.
     
    7 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    One Country Two systems – Freedom of assembly

    Issue

    • June Fourth Candle Vigil

    News Content

    • More than 150,000 candle-bearers had packed the Victoria Park on the 22nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre to mourn for those died in the military crackdown of the democratic movement in Beijing in 1989.
    • Mr. Lee Cheuk-yan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China accused the police of trying to stop more people entering the park by closing some entrances.
    • 200 people, 67 of them were due to report to the police for their previous arrest on March 6 during a demonstration against the government budget, marched to the North Point Police Station after attending the candle vigil.
    • They were stopped by the police near Tin Chong Street about midnight, instigating scuffles with police officials. 53 people, aged between 18 and 61, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and obstructing police. All were released unconditionally by 1 pm next day.

    Questions

    • The freedom of assembly – the right of people to gather without fear of government – was severely challenged by the police. At least two entrances to the vigil were closed by the police before the vigil started, causing unnecessary disturbances to the vigil.
    • In order to save the police’s face, 200 people were stopped, circled and (some) arrested by police on their ways to North Point Police station. Their rights of freedom of assembly were severely limited.
     
    3 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Development

    Issue

    • Airport – the third runway

    News Content

    • The government proposed to build the third runway for Hong Kong International airport at the estimated cost of HK$136.2 billion.
    • Although it would be the city’s most expensive single project, the Airport Authority said it will bring eight times as much in economic benefits over the next 50 years.
    • The government said if the plan is rejected, the airport’s two runways would run out of capacity by 2020, causing the city losing 23 million air passengers and 2.9 million tones of cargo volume.

    uestions

    • The government fails to provide the environmental and social cost of it. Only partial information is provided.
    • The project requires reclamation of 650 hectares – half the present site of the airport. That explain why environmentalist strongly oppose the plan, saying it would create massive habitat loss and excessive air pollution.
     
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