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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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Pro-biz party unhappy with move to bypass vetting of fugitive bill   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, announced on Monday that the government will table its highly controversial extradition bill to the full Legislative Council next month. The move effectively kills off a bills committee set up to scrutinise the legal amendments to allow fugitives to be sent to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition agreements, including the mainland. Lee says the government couldn't see any other way out, with the bills committee paralysed by fighting between the pro-establishment and pro-democracy camps over who controls it. So what does the pro-business Liberal Party think about the government's move? Mike Weeks asked the party's leader, Felix Chung:
Fast-tracking of extradition bill ‘a violation of the Basic Law’   Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Regina Ip said the government's move to bypass the bills committee would still allow for discussion and amendment of its proposals on the fugitive laws. The New People's Party lawmaker also said the pan-democrat camp should reflect on why the administration had been forced to choose this unprecedented path. But Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung said it was nonsense to blame opposition lawmakers for the row and stalemate over the extradition bill given the government’s overwhelming control of Legco. Legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok said the government's move to bypass the bills committee is a gross violation of the Basic Law. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Former senior official accused of taking HK$510,000 as ‘sweetner’   Listenfacebook
The corruption trial of a former deputy government secretary, Wilson Fung, has heard that the hundreds of thousands of dollars he received from a Macau businesswoman was intended as a "general sweetener" for her to keep a good relationship with the then-official in charge of aviation policy. Timmy Sung has the details:
MTR faces social-media backlash over ad ban   Listenfacebook
LGBT group the Big Love Alliance has launched a social media campaign, encouraging people to take photos of themselves holding hands with someone else in MTR stations. The move's in protest at the Mass Transit Railway Corporation's apparent refusal to display a Cathay Pacific advertisement showing two men holding hands. The Airport Authority is also said to have rejected the ad. Robert Kemp reports:
Tackling food waste ‘key’ to war on rats   Listenfacebook
Amid ongoing concerns after three elderly men were recently confirmed to have contracted so-called rat hepatitis, the Alliance to Combat Rodents is urging the government to step up the eradication of rats in a month-long campaign involving all districts of Hong Kong. It says even though the government has spent more than HK$1.6 billion on rat control over the last decade, the money and effort invested have pretty much gone to waste. Jack Wong is the alliance's spokesman. Ian Pooler asked him how bad Hong Kong’s rat problem is: