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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Samantha Butler and Hugh Chiverton


Now playing: HK needs to better connect to its harbour
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Labour chief soothes concerns over live-in maid ban   Listenfacebook
The Labour Secretary, Matthew Cheung, doesn't believe new Indonesian regulations barring its people from going overseas to work as live-in domestic helpers will apply to Hong Kong. Singapore's Straits Times newspaper said the move is part of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plan to make informal employment more professional. Robert Kemp reports:
Demosisto protesters bailed  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, CY Leung, has rejected claims that security during the visit of Beijing’s top man on Hong Kong, Zhang Dejiang, was excessive. Critics say the unprecedented police operation stopped people from getting anywhere near the state leader. But Leung said he believes Zhang got a clear picture of the issues facing Hong Kong. Whether he did or not may be debatable, but he certainly got a clear view of five members of Demosisto who tried to disrupt his motorcade on Thursday morning. The activists were immediately hauled away by police, though were freed on bail late Thursday night. Timmy Sung reports:
Zhang’s visit “reassuring”   Listenfacebook
Beijing loyalist and former Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung described the visit of the National People’s Congress chairman as reassuring for Hong Kong. She said it showed Beijing was committed to One country, Two systems. But Leung said she didn't think Zhang Dejiang was backing the Chief Executive for a second term in office. The Chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Association, Allan Zeman, was one of the business leaders who met Zhang during his stay in Hong Kong. He told Annemarie Evans his visit had reassured people about the SAR’s stability:
Tsai Ing-wen has “fine line” to walk in inauguration speech  Listenfacebook
An inauguration ceremony will be held for Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Friday. She's the island's first female president, voted in by a landslide in January. Around 30-thousand people are expected to gather at Taipei's presidential palace for the ceremony. Ian Pooler asked RTHK’s Taiwan correspondent Cindy Sui, what is expected from Tsai’s inauguration speech:
HK needs to better connect to its harbour  Listenfacebook
Urban planning experts say Hong Kong should better develop its harbourfront to make it more accessible to people. At a public forum on Thursday, they discussed global examples of innovative design of waterfront spaces and best practices to engage the public in the design process. Jim Walker is the Director of Walk21. Mike Weeks spoke to him and asked him first about his organisation: