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Carrie Lam fails to allay lawmakers’ museum concerns Listen
Pan-democratic lawmakers say Chief Secretary Carrie Lam’s latest defence of the Palace Museum project at the West Kowloon arts hub has done little to allay their concerns. Lam was grilled on the subject by legislators at a special House Committee meeting in the Legislative Council. Accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung told Annemarie Evans that a public consultation on the design and operation of the museum failed to address serious concerns about the transparency of the entire project.
Former WKCD consultant ‘disturbed’ by museum consultation Listen
A former consultant for the West Kowloon Cultural District, Oscar Ho, says he’s “quite disturbed” that a public consultation on the Palace Museum project will focus on how the museum should be built rather than whether it should be built or not. Ho, an associate professor with the Department of Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said running a museum is expensive, and the HK$3.5 billion from the Jockey Club would only cover the building costs. He told told Annemarie Evans that the scope of the consultation was mundane and avoided key issues.
More imported bird flu cases likely: expert Listen
An communicable diseases expert says the chances of further importation of bird flu infections is likely, because there is no effective surveillance system for the H7N9 virus within the poultry population and there is likely to be a substantial increase in the sale of chicken in the coming month. Dr Leung Chi-chiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Medical Association’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, was speaking after Hong Kong recorded its second bird flu death this winter – a 62-year-old man who died in Yan Chai Hospital after returning from a trip to Guangdong province. Leung told Jim Gould that it was a slightly unusual case as the man hadn’t visited wet markets or come into contact with poultry on his trip.
Statue row risks reopening wounds about comfort women Listen
Japan has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to South Korea, amid an escalating row over a statue representing wartime sex slaves that was installed by activists outside the Japanese consulate in the South Korean city of Busan. RTHK’s Tokyo correspondent Julian Ryall said it’s a serious issue that has dogged the relationship between the two countries for decades. He spoke to Annemarie Evans.