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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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Teresa Cheng to face questioning before Chinese New Year   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s embattled new Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has agreed to appear before legislators in early February to explain the illegal improvements to two of her homes and the way she’s handled the furore since the story first broke. The scandal blew up earlier this month on the day Cheng was appointed. She has repeatedly apologised and promised to rectify the unauthorised alterations at her house in Tuen Mun and to a Repulse Bay apartment. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan told Mike Weeks she has now acceded to pan-democrat demands to face questioning in Legco:
Police rapist gets a one-year reduction for hard work   Listenfacebook
A 31-year-old policeman has been jailed for raping a drunk woman who he met online. But the judge reduced Lee Wai-ka's sentence by 12 months to five-and-a-half years on the grounds that he's a hardworking and filial man. The judge said it was a 'pity' that the officer had made what he described as a 'stupid mistake' that's ruined his career. Wendy Wong reports:
Police chief backs calls to outlaw the insulting of officers   Listenfacebook
Police chief Stephen Lo says he's worried about the morale of his officers, stressing that it's his job to boost it. He also gave his backing to calls in the ranks to make insulting a police officer a criminal offence. This came as Lo announced that Hong Kong's crime rate again dropped last year. Timmy Sung has this report on the Commissioner's annual press conference:
February could see tougher penalties for overcharging maids   Listenfacebook
The Acting Chief Executive, Matthew Cheung, says tougher punishment for recruitment agencies that rip off domestic helpers with exorbitant fees could come into effect as early as next month. He says lawmakers are due to debate plans next week to raise maximum fines from the current HK$50,000 to HK$350,000. If the government's bill is passed, those found guilty of exploiting helpers could also get three years in jail. Eman Villanueva from the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body told Frances Sit that stiffer penalties are long overdue:
HK enjoys a happy rebound   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong people cheered up a bit last year, after a particularly miserable 2016. That's according to an annual happiness survey carried out by Chu Hai College. Overall, the happiness index rose around two points to 69.7 out of 100. An annual survey by Chu Hai College has seen its happiness index go up by two points to 69.7 out of 100. Ian Pooler asked the survey's principal investigator, Ho Lok-sang, what exactly this reading of almost 70 means: