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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Janice Wong and Ian Pooler

2019-12-06
Friday

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New hospitals chief calls for full crisis inquiry   Listenfacebook
The new chairman of the Hospital Authority, Henry Fan, has appealed to the government to accede to demands for a commission of inquiry into the crisis sparked by its bid to change Hong Kong's extradition laws. He welcomed the move to set up a review committee, but said it must be given statutory powers to look into the anti-government unrest and violence. Wendy Wong has the details:
DAB accuses government of reducing HK to near anarchy   Listenfacebook
The leader of the pro-Beijing DAB party, Starry Lee, has launched a scathing attack on Carrie Lam's administration, saying things have almost come to a "state of anarchy" under its watch. She was speaking during a debate of a motion to start impeachment proceedings against the Chief Executive, which was ultimately rejected by Legislative Councillors 36-26. Lee said the Chief Executive appeared weak and ineffective and unable to prevent "violence unleashed by rioters". She was also highly critical of members of Lam’s cabinet. The DAB head spoke through an interpreter:
Mass march set to mark six months of protests   Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front has won police approval to stage a march for the first time since August. The demonstration on Sunday is intended to mark next week's Human Rights Day and six months of anti-government protests. The march will set off from Victoria Park, in Causeway Bay, at 3pm heading for Central. The front's million-plus march on June 9 was the start of the extradition bill crisis, with an even bigger demonstration it organised a week later effectively ending Chief Executive Carrie Lam's bid to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. Janice Wong asked the group’s vice chairman, Eric Lai, if he was surprised to get a notice of no-objection from the police:
Outlawing of grooming called for by sex offences review   Listenfacebook
The Law Reform Commission has made a series of recommendations to change legislation relating to sex offences in Hong Kong. It’s calling for a new crime of grooming children for sex to be added to the statute book, for an equal age of consent in all circumstances, and a wider scope of what constitutes rape. The chairman of the commission's review of sexual offences sub-committee, senior counsel Peter Duncan, told Ian Pooler its proposals follow more than a decade of meetings:
District Council opposition grows to Bishop Hill hospital   Listenfacebook
Fourteen members of the Central and Western District Council have called on planners to reject a rezoning application that would allow the Anglican Church to build a 25-storey hospital in the grounds of the historic Bishop's House. The Town Planning Board will consider the proposal on Friday. Critics say it undermines the heritage value of the Bishop Hill site on Lower Albert Road and will increase traffic and pollution in the area. They also say there's no demand for such a big hospital there. Katty Law is spokeswoman for the Government Hill Concern Group. Ben Tse asked here about their objections to the plan:
Urinals could replace queues in women’s toilets   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Toilet Association says the days of women having to queue to use public lavatories could be behind them if the city rolls out new female urinals. It says the urinals take up only half the space of a cubicle; and without the need to sit down, women could be in and out in half as much time as it takes now. A recent report by the Audit Commission criticised the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for failing to provide enough public bathrooms for women, leading to long queues. The toilet association’s vice president, Henry Hung, told Candice Wong he's confident Hong Kong women would quickly adapt to the new facilities: