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


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First MTR station site opened shows work not up to scratch   Listenfacebook
The government says the first three coupler connections exposed in the investigation of shoddy construction at Hung Hom Station do not meet the supplier's specifications. Earlier this month, it approved the MTRC's plan to crack open 80 spots at the station to investigate allegations that thousands of steel bars, which support platforms for the Shatin-to-Central line, have been cut short. But the rail company says the three rebars are effectively anchored and present no safety concern. Robert Kemp reports:
Signalling chaos costs MTRC HK$8 million   Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation will be fined HK$8 million for the unprecedented breakdown of four lines in October. In a report submitted to the government, an MTR panel also said the rail operator was not aware that software linked to the signalling system would reset automatically and crash the system. Timmy Sung has the details:
Golf Club redevelopment backed by government task force   Listenfacebook
The government's land supply task force is set to recommend that at least part of the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling be taken back for housing. Sources have told RTHK that task force members unanimously agree that at least 32 hectares of the 170-hectare site be used to build homes. The land supply task force is due to release its report before the end of the year. It's also expected to propose that reclamation, New Territories farm land and brownfield sites all be used as sources of land for development. The Liber Research Community has accused the government of exaggerating how difficult it would be to clear brownfield land for housing. One of its researchers, Brian Wong, says the group has identified 1,500 hectares of such land that could be used to build on, 200 hectares more than the official figure. Janice Wong asked him about this discrepancy:
HK recyclers struggle to survive   Listenfacebook
As the government moves slowly towards charging for the disposal of household rubbish, the most important arm of its bid to cut down on solid waste is failing. Hong Kong's recyclers are struggling to cope a year after the mainland banned the import of plastics and other rubbish. And they say the government fund set up to help them hasn't proved to be the answer, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Bid for special Legco session on UGL decision rejected   Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council's legal services panel has decided against holding a special meeting, to allow lawmakers to probe the Department of Justice's decision not to initiate a prosecution against former Chief Executive, CY Leung, over an undeclared HK$50 million payment from the Australian firm, UGL. Instead, the panel will discuss prosecution principles and policy at its next meeting at the end of January. The compromise was floated by panel chair Priscilla Leung of the pro-Beijing Business and Professionals Alliance. Ian Pooler asked another panel member, Felix Chung - the leader of the Liberal Party – if he thinks it’s a fair solution: