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Tung Chee-hwa should explain himself Listen
A political analyst says former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa should explain to the public what he meant by reportedly saying that Beijing would not accept John Tsang even if he wins the Chief Executive election next month. James Sung from the City University says it is possible Tung could be reflecting the central government’s thinking or even suggesting that the mainland leadership prefers another Chief Executive-hopeful Carrie Lam over Tsang. Sung speaks to Annemarie Evans.
KPMG welcomes setting up of tax policy unit Listen
The head of Hong Kong Tax at KPMG, Ayesha Lau, says it’s about time that the government allocates more resources on tax policy research. Her comments came after the Financial Secretary Paul Chan said in his budget that the government will set up a tax policy unit to review the territory’s tax regime and its narrow tax base. Lau also tells Jim Gould that Chan has been quite generous in allocating funds for the community.
Government responsible for politicisation of police force: consultant Listen
A specialist in political and corporate risk, Steve Vickers, says the police force has become increasingly politicised because of the unsatisfactory way the government had handled the Occupy protests in 2014. Vickers is the Chief Executive Officer of Steve Vickers and Associates and the former head of the Royal Hong Kong Police’s Criminal Intelligence Bureau. He says there are dark political forces at play in Hong Kong and the police force is coming under increased pressure. Vickers also tells Annemarie Evans that the two-year jail sentence meted out to seven police officers for beating up activist and former Civic Party member Ken Tsang was, in his view, disproportionate to the offence.