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    8 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Court battle over foreign domestic helpers’ rights to permanent residency

    News Content

    • Executive Council held a three-hour special meeting last week to discuss government’s position on the case. No public announcement was made after the meeting. But it was reported that the administration would await the outcome of the case before considering seeking Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law on the rights of abode of foreign domestic helpers.
    • SCMP, quoting an unidentified source, reported that the government would definitely appeal if it lost the case and request for suspension of enforcement of the ruling while the appeal was heard.
    • The exco also discussed what administrative measures could be taken to minimize the impact on society should the foreign domestic workers won the case. One measure might be to restrict the length of stay of foreign domestic helpers to less than seven years.

    Questions

    • Seeking Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law is never an option as it would definitely damage Hong Kong’ rule of law and the city’s autonomy by violating the principle of one country two systems principle.
    • It was reported the government also consider restricting the length of stay of foreign domestic helpers to less than seven years. It is also not an option as it might further discriminate the foreign domestic workers, differentiating from other foreign workers, limiting their rights at work.
     
    5 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    One Country Two Systems Principle

    Issue 

    • Competition Bill

    News Content

    • Mr. Li Gui Kang, Deputy Director, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR urged yesterday local business community to support the controversial competition law in Hong Kong.
    • He said the business sector might have been affected by the introduction of the competition law. But he hoped the community could support the government and support the competition law.
    • Civic Party legislator Alan Leong said: although Li had made some sensible remarks, it is inappropriate for him to make such a comment.
    • Mr. Allen Lee, a public affairs commentator said Lai had meddled Hong Kong affairs.

    Questions

    • According to the Basic Law, the central government is responsible for foreign and military affairs. Lai’s comment has meddled Hong Kong affairs, an open violation of the principle of one country two systems.
     
    4 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue 

    • Chief Executive Election

    News Content

    • The Democratic Party has decided to field a candidate in next year’s chief executive election. And they also proposed to run a primary election within pan-democratic camp to pick the candidate for the entire sector.
    • The Party chairman Albert Ho said the primary election would help build the mechanism for intra-camp cooperation and will be a process of direct public engagement. The Democrats believe it will help the pan-democratic camp better equip for the universal suffrage expected in 2017.
    • However the Civic Party seems not convinced by the idea of the primary election, arguing it would be better to use the limited resources to fight the by-election replacement bill.
    • And the League of Social Democrats did not support the Democrats’ idea of taking part the CE election as they believe it would only legitimize the small circle election.

    Questions

    • It is still yet to know if the primary election would help reunite the fragmented pan-democratic camp. Technology solely cannot help narrow the political gaps. It should be solved by negotiations within the pan-democratic camp.
    • While using resources to run the primary election, why not make it a bigger one, i.e. running a city-wide civic CE election through tablet.
    • It is a good move to take part in next year’s chief executive election as it helps defeat the political apathy.
     
    3 AUG 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Land and Housing Policies

    Issue 

    • Subdivided flats

    News Content 

    • In the presence of police, Buildings Department officers broke into two subdivided flats in a 52-year-old, eight storey tenements on To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon City.
    • Assistant Director of buildings Hui Siu-wai, said as they could not find the residents or the owners of the subdivided flats, therefore they had no choice but to exercise the power given by law.

    Questions

    • The stringent action has raised eyebrow as the public are concerned with the interference of private property rights.
    • The controversial action may be just a bluff. It may only have limited deterrence effect. The key thing is to increase public housing supply, providing enough public housing h for the needy.
     
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