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Concern over national anthem law Listen
Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok says the national anthem law is going to cause a lot of problems if it doesn’t clearly define what is meant by showing disrespect to the anthem. He also says the local legislation to enact the law should go through a round of public consultation before the Legislative Council is asked to pass it. Kwok tells Annemarie Evans that there are also other concerns about the law.
Chaos in Legco leads to debate on express rail motion being adjourned Listen
Pan-democratic lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick has invoked a Legco rule to remove the press and the public from council meetings -- as part of his filibustering attempt against a non-binding government motion on the co-location arrangements for immigration facilities at the express rail terminus in West Kowloon. But chaos erupted in the chamber when pro-democracy legislators surrounded Democrat Ted Hui to prevent him from being thrown out of the meeting. The proceedings were suspended for more than an hour before Legco President Andrew Leung adjourned the meeting because order could not be restored in the chamber. This means that no vote could take place this week on the motion to allow mainland officers to run parts of the rail terminus. Ben Tse asked New People’s Party lawmaker Regina Ip what she made of the latest development.
Aung San Suu Kyi visits Rakhine state Listen
The de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting the troubled state of Rakhine for the first time since 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a violent campaign against them. She flew to the border region by a military helicopter. Suu Kyi has faced criticism in the past for failing to speak out on the on-going situation of the Rohingya. RTHK’s Southeast Asia correspondent Larry Jagan told Annemarie Evans that her trip to the region is very important.