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


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CE pushes ahead with controversial decisions in policy address  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam kicked off her policy address on Wednesday by pledging to be bold and swift in acting on matters that serve the public interest. And she delivered plenty of eye-watering figures in her blueprint - a 1,700-hectare artificial island; HK$30 billion to subsidise businesses to stop employers using workers' retirement funds for long-service and severance pay; four more weeks of maternity leave; and a new 70:30 ratio for public-to-private flats. Predictably, reactions to her proposals have been extremely mixed with some saying she has gone too far, and others criticising her for not doing enough. Cecil Wong reports:
Lantau reclamation plan overshadows policy address   Listenfacebook
Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung says the plan for the Lantau reclamation is the most controversial aspect of Carrie Lam's policy address. He says putting half of Hong Kong's reserves into the ambitious project is extremely controversial. He also believes Lam is under pressure to enact Article 23 national security legislation. For her part, the New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip says it is a great pity that Lam could not wait for the results of a land supply consultation before announcing the Lantau project. She questioned how a project that could be some 20 years in the making could solve Hong Kong's immediate housing woes. The two lawmakers gave their views to Samantha Butler about Wednesday's policy address. Ip began by praising Lam's moves to abolish the MPF offset mechanism:
Green groups express concern over Lantau reclamation plan  Listenfacebook
Green groups are also opposed to Carrie Lam's massive reclamation plan for Lantau - called the Lantau Tomorrow Vision. Samantha Lee from WWF-Hong Kong told Richard Pyne they were disappointed the Chief Executive had not waited until the government's Land Supply Task Force submitted its final report from its public consultation:
HK rejects US report on SAR's 'eroding' autonomy   Listenfacebook
The government has expressed regret over the latest findings of a US congressional committee that Hong Kong's autonomy is continuing to be eroded, and freedom of expression is under threat. It stressed that foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of Hong Kong. Janice Wong reports: