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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Part of Shatin to Central link to finally open in 2020  Listenfacebook
The long-delayed and hugely over-budget Shatin-to-Central link will partially open early next year, helping to relieve passenger loads on East Rail into Kowloon Tong. The MTR Corporation says trains will start running between Tai Wai and Kai Tak sometime in the first quarter. Services were supposed to have started running this year between Tai Wai and Hung Hom, until it was revealed that work on platforms at that station was substandard. But the MTRC has now ruled out demolishing any part of Hung Hom station, opting for reinforcement work instead. Timmy Sung reports:
Leighton and MTRC both unreliable, says engineer Lai  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation is going to ask the contractor at the centre of the construction scandal over work at Hung Hom Station, Leighton, to carry out the reinforcement of the station at an extra cost of HK$2 billion. This comes before a reconvened commission of inquiry into construction problems on the link completes its work. Engineer Albert Lai, the policy committee convenor of the Professional Commons, told Mike Weeks this defies logic:
Pro-establishment camp seeks to ‘safeguard Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Pro-government and Beijing figures are organising a series of rallies to, in their words, "safeguard Hong Kong". The first is planned for Saturday evening near the government's Tamar headquarters. DAB chairwoman Starry Lee and former health secretary Ko Wing-man are among those planning the events. They say they will be peaceful and that participants should dress in white and not wear face masks. But an academic at the Chinese University's Department of Government and Public Administration says the moves by the pro-establishment camp reflect the deep concern in Beijing about the situation in Hong Kong. Wilson Wong said the crisis over the extradition bill shows Chief Executive Carrie Lam failed to understand the minds of her people. He told Candice Wong that one option Lam now has to end the political impasse is to announce a new debate on constitutional reform:
HKU head accused of lacking empathy for student protesters  Listenfacebook
Students and alumni of the University of Hong Kong have expressed disappointment after open discussions with the university's vice-chancellor. Zhang Xiang has been accused of failing to defend student anti-extradition protesters, for saying he doesn't support violence in any form. But the university chief stood by his statement during the forum on Thursday night. Mak Tung-wing from the Hong Kong University Alumni Concern Group told Mike Weeks this shows Zhang is lacks empathy for the students:
Swine fever measures ‘too stringent’  Listenfacebook
Pig traders say government efforts to guard against African swine fever are too stringent and could lead to massive job losses in the industry. Altis Wong has more on their grievances:
No-suspension of Parliament blow to Boris Johnson  Listenfacebook
The British Parliament has voted to make it more difficult for the next prime minister to try to force through a no-deal Brexit. The amendment makes it harder to suspend parliament - a move that Boris Johnson, the favourite to succeed Theresa May, has not ruled out. Johnson has promised the UK will be out of the EU by 31 October "Do or die, come what may". He has threatened to suspend parliament if MPs get in his way. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Peter Anderson how much of a setback the vote is to Johnson: