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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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Mainland ‘living zones’ could ease housing woes   Listenfacebook
The head of the government’s Land Supply Task Force, Stanley Wong, has come out in support of a proposal for the SAR to borrow land from the mainland to build what he calls “living zones" for Hong Kong people. Wong says the idea, submitted during the taskforce’s ongoing public consultation, is worth looking into to try to establish satellite areas on the mainland for public housing and elderly homes, or to house facilities such as container ports, in order to free up land in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, an economist at an independent think tank says this is not the right time to start taxing developers who hold onto unsold flats. The Financial Secretary said on Monday that the government is close to making a decision on a vacancy tax. But the director of the ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research, Andy Kwan, warned that introducing it now is likely to just push record home prices up further as developers pass on the cost to buyers. He spoke to Janice Wong:
MTRC set to explain platform controversy   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, insists it's too early to say who was to blame for substandard works on new train platforms at Hung Hom station. She was speaking ahead of a scheduled MTR Corporation press conference on Wednesday on the latest controversy to hit the hugely over budget Shatin-to-Central rail link project, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Legco president accused of rushing co-location bill through   Listenfacebook
On Wednesday, legislators will begin vetting a controversial bill to allow mainland officials to enforce mainland law at the Express Rail Terminus in West Kowloon. The bill, to set up co-located border clearance facilities in the station, will be put before the full council for a second reading. But only a third of the proposed amendments to the legislation have been tabled, and opposition lawmakers say the President of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung, is giving them very little time to scrutinise a bill that many argue breaches the Basic Law. Ian Pooler asked the convenor of the pro-democracy camp, Charles Mok, how they are preparing for the debate:
Security chief sows confusion over trafficking bill   Listenfacebook
Secretary for Security John Lee told lawmakers on Tuesday that Hong Kong may be unable to cope with the security risks if it has to deal with claims from people who say they're victims of human trafficking on top of asylum seekers already here. He didn't specify what those risks might be. Lee was speaking about a private members bill on human trafficking that had been introduced to try to improve on Hong Kong’s current laws. A human rights lawyer, who helped draft the bill, Patricia Ho, told Damon Pang she was puzzled by the security chief’s remarks:
Once a month no-straw day ‘not enough’   Listenfacebook
Some of Hong Kong's biggest fast-food chains have agreed to take part in an Ocean Park initiative to try to cut back on single-use plastic. The restaurants won't offer drinking straws to customers on the 8th day of each month. But green groups say the expansion of the “No Straw Campaign” is nowhere near enough, as Candice Wong reports:
New centre to focus on future sustainability of life   Listenfacebook
A new HK$20 million research centre has been officially launched to tackle emerging environmental issues, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It's a joint endeavour by the Chinese University and the University of Exeter in the UK to seek solutions to sustaining a liveable environment and to ensure safe access to food, water and air in the coming century. Professor Gavin Shaddick is a co-director of the centre. Mike Weeks asked him if things are already that bad that we need solutions to ensuring safe air, water and food:
WWF sounds alarm over mudskipper poaching   Listenfacebook
An environmental group says its spotted poachers apparently coming in from the mainland to Mai Po to catch one of its most famous residents: the mudskipper. WWF-Hong Kong says the iconic amphibious fish is likely being targeted because of reports on the mainland saying eating them is good for health, and for male virility in particular. An assistant manager of WWF-Hong Kong, Fion Cheung, told Annemarie Evans what's so special about these mudskippers: