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Government sending political message to public Listen
A political commentator says the government is trying to send a political message to the public by objecting to the decision of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club to invite Chan Ho-tin to give a speech there on August 14. Professor Ma Ngok said Chan, who is the convenor of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, is being used by the administration to urge the public to stay away from people like him. Ma also told Annemarie Evans that it was wrong of former chief executive CY Leung to react negatively to Chan’s invitation by the FCC:
Rescue operation underway in Indonesia following earthquake Listen
Indonesia has sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated hundreds of tourists after a powerful earthquake killed at least 90 people and damaged thousands of buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok and killed 17 people. Rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster on Sunday evening. Keith Loveard, senior analyst at Concord Consulting, is in Bali. He spoke to Annemarie Evans: