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Consumers warned about using credit card instalments Listen
The Consumer Council has warned people to be careful when buying goods or services through credit card instalments. The watchdog says there is no clear mechanism for buyers to get their money back if a retailer goes bankrupt. That's because they've essentially entered into a loan agreement with the card issuing bank -- and they'd still be on the hook to repay the loan. The council says the government should enact new laws to better protect consumers in such cases. But it says that could take a very long time and for now, buyers need to be careful. The Chairman of the council's Legal Protection Committee, Samuel Chan, speaks to Jim Gould.
Beijing feels Macau’s been more successful than Hong Kong: analyst Listen
China analyst, Mark O’Neill, says state leader Zhang Dejiang has heaped praised on Macau during his visit there because the central government feels the territory has been more successful than Hong Kong in implementing its mini-constitution. He says Macau has managed to enact national security legislation under Article 23 of its Basic Law which Hong Kong has not been able to do so far. O’Neill also says democratic development isn’t a matter of great public debate in Macau nor has any separatist movement surfaced there. He speaks to Annemarie Evans.
Sentence by Indonesian court “remarkable” Listen
The two-year jail sentence meted out to the outgoing ethnic Chinese and Christian governor of Jakarta for blasphemy is “remarkable”. That’s according to Keith Loveard who is senior risk analyst at Concord Consulting in Jakarta. He says the prosecution had demanded only a one-year suspended jail sentence for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as "Ahok". Loveard speaks to Annemarie Evans.