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Government accused of cover-up Listen
The chairman of the MTR Corporation, Frederick Ma, has confirmed that the government has given the railway a plan for the layout of a joint immigration facility at the West Kowloon express rail terminus, despite saying there was still no decision on the matter. On Monday, the Ming Pao newspaper reported that the revised layout plans had been sent out for mainland customs, immigration, a quarantine office and detention facilities at the terminus. The issue is controversial as mainland officers would be enforcing national laws on Hong Kong soil. Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council’s Panel on Transport, tells Annemarie Evans that the government has been covering up the whole arrangement.
Motion to be tabled over funding request for projects Listen
Two pro-democracy lawmakers plan to move a motion in the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee to ask the government to split its funding request for a controversial development project away from infrastructural works. The HK$12 billion block funding request, called Capital Works Reserve Fund, has been subject to filibusters. This comes after the government refused to take 26 items out for separate scrutiny. The two lawmakers Chu Hoi-dick and Edward Yiu say they now only want two requests related to the Wang Chau development in Yuen Long to be vetted separately. Jim Gould asked Chu whether that was some kind of compromise with the government.
Bitter dispute between North Korea and Malaysia escalates Listen
North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. The extraordinary tit-for-tat actions came amid North Korean fury at Malaysia's ongoing investigation into his death at a Kuala Lumpur airport. The North Korean leader's half-brother was killed with a potent nerve agent. Malaysia has not directly blamed the North for this, but there is widespread suspicion Pyongyang was responsible. RTHK's Seoul correspondent, Frank Smith, tells Annemarie Evans that the dispute between the two countries over the case has escalated further.
T20 Blitz cricket game starts on Wednesday Listen
Twenty-five of the world's best short-form cricketers are in Hong Kong for the T20 Blitz which starts on Wednesday at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground in Ho Man Tin. The Kowloon Cantons will open the defence of their title against City Kaitak, who include former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. The organiser of the tournament, Max Abbott, speaks to Jim Gould.