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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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HK pro-independence group faces ban   Listenfacebook
The opposition camp has slammed a bid to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, calling it the latest example of political suppression in the SAR. The pan-democrats also warned of the potential for further crackdowns in the name of national security. But the government insists a ban would be justified under national security concerns, and its supporters say the administration is obliged to act. Richard Pyne reports:
‘No clear red line’ on national security   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong National Party now has three weeks to try to persuade the Secretary for Security, John Lee, not to go along with the police recommendation to ban it. Its founder Chan Ho-tin said he believes the move is likely to be connected to a recent visit he made to Taiwan, during which he's quoted as telling a forum that people in Hong Kong and on the island "are the two most unfortunate peoples in the world because their neighbour is ruled by an evil and mighty communist regime." The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which organises the annual June 4th candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy protests of 1989, has long called for an end to one-party rule in China. Priscilla Ng asked its secretary, Lee Cheuk-yan, if it is now also at risk of being banned:
NPC member suggests more HK political groups could be banned   Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, Peter Wong, says real Hong Kong people like him are glad that the government is now taking action against the Hong Kong National Party. He claims the party’s leader has been working with other anti-Chinese forces. When asked if other groups that advocate localist politics or even democracy should be banned, Wong said the focus should be on groups that call for Hong Kong to be separated from the mainland. He told Mike Weeks this is not about freedom of expression, but that such freedoms have limitations:
Damp opening likely for high-speed rail terminus   Listenfacebook
MTR officials warned on Tuesday that leaks in the roof of the Express Rail Terminus in Kowloon may not be plugged by the time trains start running in September. But they say there's nothing to worry about, as rain only seeps in during heavy downpours and only a small area of the station is affected. Damon Pang reports:
Call for flexibility in handling of Uber  Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to adopt a more flexible approach to innovative companies which embrace the concept of the 'sharing economy'. The appeal was made by the Sharing Economy Alliance after 28 Uber drivers were punished in Kowloon City Court for providing car-hire services without a permit. Jim Gould asked the alliance's convenor, Simon Lee, how the government should facilitate the development of such services in Hong Kong:
New treatment for MRSA   Listenfacebook
Scientists at the University of Hong Kong say they've found a substance that could help treat infections caused by the drug-resistant bacteria, MRSA. The research team said the compound, called M21, could “disarm” the bacteria by stopping it from releasing toxins into people’s bodies. Dr Richard Kao, who led the research, told Wendy Wong that his team hopes to develop the substance into a drug in about five years’ time: