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    十月 2010

    週五 29 十月 2010

    29 Oct 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Land and Housing Policy

    Issue

    • Compulsory Sale Ordinance

    News Content

    • After a Lai Sun Development executive vowed to use the law of compulsory sale to force a family noodle shop in Sham Shui po to surrender, the owner of the shop turned to the society for help by calling a press conference last Sunday.
    • The call prompted the Development Bureau to clarify that the building is only 36 years old and the law, which covers buildings 50 years or older, does not apply. This implied the family would not face the threat of compulsory sale till the building reached 50 years old.
    • The Executive said he had just made a mistake when he stated in a July interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He told SCMP that: ‘I did personally believe the law was applicable to this building during the interview.

    Questions

    • Concern group believes the incident raised the possibility of others being misled into selling.
    • Democratic Party legislator James To said the government should step up education and publicity to prevent such misunderstanding.  

    Press for Action

    • The government should raise the threshold of compulsory sale back to 90 percent.
    • The throwaway mentality should be thrown away.


    週四 28 十月 2010

    28 Oct 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Pan-democratic ex-lawmaker on vote-inducement charge

    News Content

    • SCMP reported today that former Civic Party lawmaker Mandy Tam Heung man was arrested by the ICAC yesterday and charged with offering voters a free seminar in an attempt to gain their votes.
    • The seminar was held on September 5 2008, two days before the legislative Council elections, in which Tam stood for and lost the accountancy functional constituency seat.
    • Tam told RTHK: ‘It is very clear I am being prosecuted for political reasons.’ She continues: ‘If I had not opposed the government's political reform proposal in 2005, the situation would be different.

    Questions

    • Civic Party leader Audrey Eu told SCMP that she did not know whether this was a political prosecution, ‘but what I find strange is that these kinds of continuing education seminars are very common in professional sectors.


    週三 27 十月 2010

    27 Oct 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • District Council Election 2011

    News Content

    • The Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Adeline Wong told a Legislative Council committee yesterday that as the Bureau had been busy with work on 2012 electoral reforms in the first half of the year, this year’s legislative amendment proposal for the District Council Ordinance had been submitted to legislators six months later than usual, making the boundaries of more than 400 constituencies likely to be finalized in March or April next year.,
    • It means those who want to contest the District Council elections in November may only have seven to eight month to prepare.

    Questions

    • The administrative delay is unacceptable. It hinders civic participation.

    Press for Action

    • The Bureau should speed up its work to allow prospective candidates better prepared for the battle.  


    週二 26 十月 2010

    26 Oct 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Electoral methods of Legislative Council and Chief Executive in 2010

    News Content

    • The government is prepared to unveil its plans on selecting the chief executive and forming the Legislative Council in 2012 on Saturday.
    • It is widely reported that candidates for the five new seats in the district council functional constituency seats in the Legislative Council in 2012 would need to secure the nominations of 15 elected district councilors, 5 nominations up from the current 10.
    • The government may propose the eligibility of the new seats in the district council functional constituency would be restricted to serving district councilors.
    • And the new five seats should be elected by proportional representation, with Hong Kong as one single constituency.

    Questions

    • The government’s proposal seems to tighten the right to stand, as the threshold for the nominations is raised from current 10 to 15.
    • The new five legislators selected from one single constituency instead of five geographical constituencies may have a greater mandate, increasing the resistance to the final abolition of functional constituencies.

    Press for Action

    • All voters for the new five seats in the district council should be allowed to nominate or stand.
    • The new five seats should be selected from five geographical constituencies, instead of one single large constituency.


    週一 25 十月 2010

    25 Oct 2010 列印 Email

    Category

       Governance

    Issue

    • EOC head attacks government ‘lack of vision’

    News Content

    • Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Lam Woo-kwong criticized the government for a lack of vision in policy making. He said the controversies of columbarium and the extension of landfills could have been anticipated long ago if officials had done long-term planning.
    • Lam, a former civil service chief and director of the Chief Executive’s Office said: ‘Instead of tackling problems after they snowball, the government should deal with them in a gradual and incremental manner’.

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