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Government shuns public consultation  Listenfacebook
The government has shunned calls for a public consultation over its express rail link co-location plan, which critics say violates the Basic Law. Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen stressed that officials will listen to public views carefully - which he says is as good as consulting the people. Labour Party legislator Fernando Cheung says a serious public consultation should be conducted. He says although Yuen says officials will listen to public views carefully, that's not the same as a public consultation. During a special Legco House Committee meeting, Cheung moved a motion calling for a public consultation, but it was defeated by pro-government lawmakers. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Carrie Lam hopes to establish civil service academy  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she hopes to establish a civil service academy in Hong Kong to provide much-needed training for government staff. She made the suggestion after visiting the Civil Service College in Singapore. Lam said Hong Kong needs to establish a similar facility to better equip government staff with leadership skills and to boost their participation in public life. Annemarie Evans spoke to Professor John Burns, Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong, and asked him if he thought it was a good idea:
Donald Trump imposes sanctions on Russia  Listenfacebook
President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia for its alleged meddling in last November's US Presidential election and its actions in Ukraine. But he wasn't happy. After signing the bill, he issued statements saying the legislation is flawed; that it may be unconstitutional; and that he could make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress. RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, told Annemarie Evans that the political significance of the sanctions is far greater than the economic ones: