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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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Mega bridge project to push ahead despite safety concerns  Listenfacebook
The government insists that even if problems are found with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, there's no need to tear down any part of it. Officials also said on Thursday that construction work will continue as scheduled. That came after the ICAC arrested 21 people on suspicion of falsifying results for tests on concrete used in the scandal-hit mega project. Wendy Wong has the details:
Call for independent inquiry into concrete-testing scandal  Listenfacebook
Engineer Albert Lai from the Professional Commons told RTHK he’s disappointed at the attitude of senior officials over the safety of the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai. He said they seem to be ”playing down” the significance of the suspect concrete tests. He said the government should be assuming the worst and making the best preparations. Lai also urged the administration to set up an independent commission to examine the whole scandal. He told Mike Weeks it does not just concern the safety of the bridge, but also the government’s entire system for monitoring such mega projects:
Same-sex benefits ruling faces appeal  Listenfacebook
The government on Thursday filed an appeal against a High Court ruling that it discriminated against a gay civil servant by denying him benefits given to other married colleagues. In papers submitted to the appeals court, it insists the judge was wrong, saying the officer's spouse was not given the benefits because of his marital status, not because of his sexual orientation. Hong Kong's only openly-gay lawmaker, People Power's Ray Chan, says he's disappointed with the government's decision. He spoke to Damon Pang:
Lawmakers take action on archive law  Listenfacebook
Pan-democrat lawmakers have taken matters into their own hands to try to get an archive law enacted in Hong Kong. They submitted a draft Public Records Bill to the Department of Justice and are now awaiting feedback. They say they have been forced to take matters into their own hands because the Law Reform Commission has not moved forward on the issue, despite studying it for almost four years. Ian Pooler asked one of the lawmakers Charles Mok, who represents the IT industry - why they’ve decided to take things into their own hands:
Improvement seen in PRD air quality  Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department says the latest monitoring data shows continuous improvement in air quality in the Pearl River Delta. Results from a cross-border monitoring network for last year show that annual concentrations of major pollutants all fell from 2015. The EPD says this shows the effectiveness of recent efforts to improve air quality in the region. But Lung Chi-wai, from the Clean Air Network, told Ben Tse that’s not entirely the case: