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Fears arts hub could end up becoming place for real estate development Listen
A former consultant for the West Kowloon Cultural District, Oscar Ho, says fears have reawaken that the arts and culture hub is going to become secondary to property development there. His comment came after the Chief Executive, CY Leung, revealed in his policy address that the government will grant the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority all development rights for the hotel, office, and residential portion of the hub. He said this would allow the authority to develop the district and collect revenue to sustain it. Ho speaks to Richard Pyne.
CY Leung criticised for handling land issues Listen
Lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick from the Land Justice League has criticised the Chief Executive, CY Leung, for the way he has handled land issues since assuming office in 2012. But New People's Party legislator, Michael Tien, says Leung has made some achievements in the area, but not all the commitments that he made in his election manifesto have been fulfilled, as he had claimed while delivering his final policy address in the Legislative Council. Chu started off by telling Annemarie Evans that Leung always talks about new land supply but seldom on how it should be distributed in what he called a "fair and democratic way".
Federation of Hong Kong Industries worried about MPF Listen
The Federation of Hong Kong Industries has expressed concern on whether the government will continue sharing part of employers’ expenses for severance and long-service payments after 10 years. His comment came after the Chief Executive, CY Leung, proposed in his policy address to progressively abolish the Mandatory Provident Fund offset mechanism so that retirement funds are no longer used to pay for employees' severance or long-service payments. But he added that in order to reduce the financial burden on employers, the government will share part of employers' expenses for the payments for 10 years. The federation’s Deputy Chairman, Jimmy Kwok, speaks to Jim Gould.