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Young people “suspicious” about govt’s sincerity Listen
A political commentator says the Chief Executive’s invitation to newly elected young district councillors to join government committees and advisory boards doesn’t go far enough to address the concerns of the city’s young people who may see it as an empty gesture. James Sung from the City University says the turnout for Sunday’s polls show that young people are unhappy with the city’s governance and “piecemeal” youth policies. He told Annemarie Evans that the government needed to produce comprehensive policies to address concerns about housing, education, and employment.
Academic says more should be done to increase salaries Listen
An academic from the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration says a government allowance scheme for poor working families is helpful – but believes the government should do more to address the “structural problem” of low wages. Professor Paul Yip said the disparity between the city’s highest and lowest earners shows there is a problem, and he told Jim Gould that more should be done to increase the salaries of the low-income population.
Journalist Gao Yu’s verdict expected to be upheld Listen
China analyst Mark O’Neill says he expects a Beijing court to reject jailed journalist Gao Yu’s appeal against her conviction for leaking state secrets. Gao was jailed for seven years in April. The court heard the 71-year-old’s appeal on Tuesday, and her lawyer said a decision is expected on Thursday. O’Neill told Annemarie Evans that it was still possible that Gao would be released on medical parole, as she was such a high-profile figure.