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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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Oath-taking interpretation ‘avoidable’  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's former Secretary for Justice, Wong Yan-lung, has criticised Beijing's Basic Law intrepretation last November on oath taking by lawmakers. He described the decision to take such action as "strongly politically-motivated", and something that was avoidable. As Richard Pyne reports, it's the first time Wong has made his views known about the interpretation at the heart of a row, which has seen six fully-elected opposition lawmakers ejected from the council:
Doctor investigated for going AWOL during liver transplant  Listenfacebook
Queen Mary Hospital is investigating a senior surgeon for abandoning an ongoing liver transplant for hours earlier this month to perform another operation at a private hospital. Dr Kelvin Ng is reported to have left the surgery in limbo for three hours during which time the patient's abdomen was left open on the operating table. The hospital’s chief executive admitted that the reports are 'largely correct.' He explained that while there are times that doctors can legitimately leave an operation temporarily to deal with urgent matters, Ng was away for too long. The public hospital has so far been unable to contact Ng, who's said to be out of Hong Kong. Tim Pang, from the Patients’ Rights Association, told Altis Wong that his actions were unacceptable:
Moves on co-location may begin without Legco vote  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the government may start the process of approving joint immigration facilities with the mainland in west Kowloon, without waiting for the pro-establishment camp to vote in favour of the controversial arrangement in the Legislative Council. Pan-democrat lawmakers have been stalling the non-binding motion on the arrangement for the Express Rail Link. Lam described their tactics as "irrational filibustering", and admitted she's no longer confident the motion can be passed in time. She said on Thursday she had no choice but to press ahead with steps to create a co-located border in the heart of Hong Kong. Liberal Party leader Felix Chung told Ian Pooler that he expects the opposition camp to continue stalling the debate in the coming weeks:
Poor to get subsidy to meet solid waste charges  Listenfacebook
The government says welfare recipients may get a subsidy of HK$10 a month if a proposed waste-charging scheme is implemented in around two years' time. The authorities are also tweaking how the system will work - saying all households will now have to use pre-paid garbage bags. Damon Pang reports:
HK now testing its own electric truck  Listenfacebook
The Productivity Council has successfully developed Hong Kong's first plug-in hybrid electric coach and pure electric truck. Lawrence Poon is the principal consultant of the council's Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre. Mike Weeks asked him first about the electric truck: