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Authorities using dirty tricks: former lawmaker Listen
One of the four disqualified lawmakers, Edward Yiu, says they’ll be seeking legal advice on the law on employment contracts to see if they could claim payments for the services they provided for nine months before being disqualified from holding their Legco seats. He pointed out that it’s unusual for an employer to ask a former employee to return past salary. Yiu, who represented the Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape functional constituency before his disqualification, also accused the authorities of using dirty tricks so that they'll become bankrupt and wouldn't be able to stand in the upcoming by-election to fill their vacated seats. He spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Policy on sale of Home Ownership Scheme flats is clear: Stanley Wong Listen
The Chairman of the Democratic Party is urging the government to clarify its policy on the sale of Home Ownership Scheme flats. Wu Chi-wai is worried that a Housing Authority proposal to regularise a resale scheme to the sandwich class would only push home prices higher. Under the plan which will be discussed on Thursday, up to 5,000 people a year will be allowed to buy secondhand HOS flats without paying a land premium, provided they fall within the income limits. In the past, such subsidised flats were available for sale on the secondary market only to Green Form applicants, or current public housing tenants. But the chairman of the Subsidised Housing Committee of the Housing Authority, Stanley Wong, disagreed with Wu. He spoke to Jim Gould.
Bali's tourism industry will be greatly affected, warns expert Listen
A senior risk analyst with Jakarta-based Concord Consulting, Keith Loveard, says the authorities in Indonesia have taken the correct decision to close the airports in Bali as the alert level for a volcano there has been raised because it has shifted from steam-based eruption to magmatic eruptions. He says tourists there are going to remain highly inconvenienced until the volcano settles down. Loveard also tells Annemarie Evans that the tourism industry in Bali will be greatly affected and how long that would last would depend on the danger period from the volcano.