Hong Kong Today
Description:RTHK’s morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 – 8:00
Presenter:Michael Weeks and Ian Pooler
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Government accused of deception over tainted water crisis Listen
The lawmaker, who first exposed the lead problem in tap water in Hong Kong’s public housing estates about a month ago, has accused the government of trying to deceive the public over the extent of the problem. The Democratic Party’s Helena Wong was speaking to RTHK after tap-water in three more public housing estates - in Wong Tai Sin, Hung Hom and Shek Kip Mei - tested positive for excessive levels of lead, raising the number of estates affected in the tainted water scandal to seven. The government has sought to play down the problem. The Housing Secretary, Anthony Cheung, said the number of water samples taken from the affected estates that fail World Health Organisation standards for lead content are “on the low side”. But Dr Wong told Mike Weeks that the government is failing to face up to the severity of the problem.
Sweatshop Challenge offers students a taste of slavery Listen
A simulated sweatshop set up in North Point on Monday night allowed 50 students from around the world to get a taste of what modern-day slave labour is like. Participants had to put nuts on bolts and then take them off repeatedly for 10 straight hours, as if they were real sweatshop labourers. Matt Friedman, an expert on international human trafficking, is CEO of the Mekong Club, which co-hosted the challenge. Ian Pooler asked him how far the event went to replicate the conditions in a real sweatshop:
What if Mao Zedong never existed? Listen
China's spectacular rise in the past three decades has helped the Communist Party ward off suggestions that the country would have done better without Mao Zedong. However, according to the Economist, had China's economy grown at the same pace as Taiwan's since 1950, its GDP would have been 42 percent bigger by 2010 than it actually was. This is one of several scenarios painted by the magazine's supplement, ‘The World If’ report published this week. Mike Weeks asked Daniel Franklin, The Economist's Executive Editor, how different China would be if it remained under Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule.