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UGL saga has developed into a scandal: academic Listen
An academic says the latest twist to the UGL saga has developed into a major scandal involving the Chief Executive, CY Leung, and DAB party lawmaker, Holden Chow. Professor Ma Ngok, who heads the Chinese University's Government and Public Administration Department, says it shows that Chow had allegedly interfered with the Legco probe into the saga and affected its impartiality. He says this would damage the image of Legco and pro-establishment lawmakers. Ma also tells Annemarie Evans that the scandal will affect Leung’s political influence in both Hong Kong and on the mainland.
Government combatting trade: SPCA Listen
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the government is making progress in combatting the illegal trade of dogs on the internet. A new law came into effect about two months ago, requiring people to obtain a license before they sell a dog, even if that's their own house pet. In a Legco meeting, officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said they've so far received 20 applications for the new permit, but lawmakers questioned whether the authorities have done enough to step up enforcement action against the illegal sale of dogs in the territory. The society’s deputy director, Fiona Woodhouse, tells Jim Gould that it will take some time to see the results from the new law.
Mass collection of DNA samples Listen
A rights group says China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA from the western Xinjiang region, where there is a large Muslim population. Human Rights Watch says Xinjiang police have sought the equivalent of more than US$11.5 million in equipment to analyse DNA samples. Maya Wang, a researcher for the group, said the move opens the door to the mass collection of information on people unconnected to criminal investigations. China analyst, Mark O'Neill, speaks to Annemarie Evans.