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    四月 2011

    週五 29 四月 2011

    29 APR 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Governance – Transparency and accountability

    Issue

    • Education Secretary Michael Suen confirmed receiving dialysis

    News Content

    • Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung admitted yesterday his kidney function had receded, and he had been receiving dialysis since October. He is also suffered from fatigue due to low blood sugar level.
    • But he insisted he was fit for the job, and had no intention of resigning.
    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang confirmed yesterday that Suen told him and Chief Secretary Henry Tang last year when he discovered the kidney problem. Tsang said he supported Suen’s decisions to stay in the job.

    Questions

    • Suen is the fifth minister in 19 months admits serious health problem.
    • Suen did not take initiative to tell the public that he has a health problem. It is not till media report that he has a kidney problem that he admits he has been receiving dialysis. It proves that the government is trying to keep the public in a dark


    週四 28 四月 2011

    28 APR 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Freedom of expression

    Issue

    • LSD members charged acting in disorderly manner

    News Content

    • League of Social Democrats’ member Steve Wong was charged yesterday with acting in disorderly manners over an incident in March in which Chief Executive Donald Tsang said he was hurt during a protest outside the Museum of History in TST.
    • Police said Wong will appear in court on May 4.
    • Another LSD member Penny Keung was arrested at his home yesterday morning for throwing corn flour during a demonstration outside the Central Government Liaison Office to demand for the release of melamine milk activist Zhao Lianhai.

    Questions

    • The fact that Wong was charged with disrupting public order instead of common assault means Wong did not attack Chief Executive. After the incident, Chief Secretary Henry Tang had condemned the use of violence. The populist politics has undermined the freedom of expression of Hong Kong.
    • It is political persecution. People are puzzled why Wong, a commoner who exercises his civic liberty, is charged with disrupting public order. That’s more than populist politics.
    • While Wong is charged with disrupting public order, Keung was arrested for throwing corn powder. A double warning is sent to LSD, and it is a threat to civil and political liberty.

     



    週三 27 四月 2011

    27 APR 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Chief Executive Election

    Issue

    • Premier Wen met HK former NPC deputy

    News Content

    • Mr. Ng Hong-mun, former Hong Kong National People’s Congress deputy and veteran Hong Kong columnist, held a one-on-one meeting with Premier Wen Jiabo on Saturday at Wen’s office in Beijing.
    • Ng reviewed the meeting details yesterday. Ng said he told Wen laughed when heard his comments that whoever can stabilize Hong Kong can be the city’s next chief executive. Wen however did not say who would be a suitable candidate.
    • According to Ng, Wen also said at the discussion that lingering influence of culture evolution and feudalism values has deterred mainlanders from speaking the truth.

    Questions

    • The one-on-one meeting did raise the eyebrows, as it is rare for the meeting to go public. China Observer Johnny Lau suggested the meeting told Beijing’s wish to convince the traditional leftist that they are still important.
    • Although Ng has been increasingly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, his comments on the forthcoming CE election is far from satisfactory, as it fails to see the deep-rooted conflicts of the Hong Kong society. Therefore, the meeting itself fails to construct an image that Beijing is receptive to diverse ideas.


    週二 26 四月 2011

    26 APR 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Press Freedom

    Issue

    • MTR Corp apologizes over its threat to media freedom

    News Content

    • On behalf of the MTR Corp, the media consultancy, OMD sent a letter dated April 19 to 15 media groups saying the MTR reserved the right to cancel or reschedule any media insertion booked with any organization that published negative news coverage about the brand image of the MTR Corporation. The agency also asked the media to communicate it clearly to the editors/journalists of the editorial traffic team.
    • Hong Kong Journalists Association Chairman Mak Yin-ting described it ‘a brutal interference with press freedom’. The Hong Kong News Executives’ Association also expressed concern.
    • Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said it was a nasty blow to one of the core values of Hong Kong Society.
    • The MTR Corp later apologized for the misunderstanding caused to the public, saying the government-controlled Corp. respect freedom of press. Corporation acting chief executive officer Thomas Ho Hang-kwong said: ‘We’ have never had any intention to interfere with it (the press freedom). OMD said in a separate statement that its staff misunderstood the MTR’s instructions.

    Questions

    • The case shows pressure on media is growing. In the past, it was rather done in a rather subtle way. But the case shows the interference over press freedom can be done ‘in such a formal and explicit way.’


    週四 21 四月 2011

    21 APR 2011 列印 Email

    Category

    Social Security Policy

    Issue

    • Community Care Fund

    News Content

    • The joint government-business Community Care Fund has agreed to put HK$727.33 million to carry out 10 programs to help the person in need.
    • Beneficiaries will include elderly and disable people, patients with chronic diseases, ethnic minorities and recipients of government assistance.
    • The CCF will help to set up a school-based fund to subsidize primary and secondary students from low-income families to take part in learning outside Hong Kong. The project lasts for three-year. A sum of HK$ 169.5 million is reserved for the first year, around 240,000 students will benefit.

    Questions

    • The public is still unknown whether the fund raising from the business community has reached the HK$5 billion target.
    • The school-based fund is questioned.

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