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CY Leung and John Tsang don’t get along: academic Listen
A political commentator, Cheung Chor-yung, says it is no secret that the Chief Executive, CY Leung, and the Financial Secretary, John Tsang, don’t get along. Tsang resigned on Monday and it is expected that he will soon announce his intention to run in next year’s chief executive election. But without saying a word of appreciation for Tsang, Leung said on Tuesday that the Financial Secretary was leaving at the busiest time of year with preparations underway for the next budget. Cheung, who is from the City University, tells Annemarie Evans that this shows that Leung is not happy with Tsang’s resignation.
Hongkong Electric’s tariff cut “surprising” Listen
The Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Organisation, William Yu, says the level of tariff reduction by Hongkong Electric is surprising. The company says its customers can expect to see their bills go down by 17.2 percent next year because of a massive reduction in its fuel clause charge. It says all of its 570,000 customers on Hong Kong and Lamma islands will benefit. But people living in Kowloon and the New Territories won't be so lucky. Their electricity supplier, CLP Power, is freezing its tariffs. Yu tells Jim Gould that Hongkong Electric could increase tariffs in the long run.
Human rights groups criticise Qatar’s new labour law Listen
Qatar is ending its labour sponsorship system that forces foreign workers to seek their employer's permission to change jobs or leave the country. It says a new contract-based law will replace the "kafala" system, ensuring greater flexibility and protection. Qatar has imported hundreds of thousands of construction workers for the 2022 football World Cup. But human rights groups say the change leaves the system - which they describe as modern-day slavery - intact. Fabian Goa, a London-based research assistant with Amnesty International, who specialises in researching the migrant worker situation in Qatar, tells Annemarie Evans that the labourers will just continue to suffer.