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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 Samantha Butler

2021-09-27
Monday

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Democrats fail to vote over Legco polls  Listenfacebook
The Democratic Party has stopped short of deciding to field candidates in the Legislative Council polls in December. Members decided in a special meeting that it wasn't necessary to vote on the issue as no one from the party had expressed an intention to run in the elections. It comes after Beijing overhauled electoral rules to ensure patriots govern Hong Kong. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has previously said that the value of political parties should be called into question if they have no plans to take part in elections. Jimmy Choi reports:
Democrats’ decision hailed as a shrewd move  Listenfacebook
A political analyst says the decision by the Democratic Party not to take a vote over contesting Legco polls was a “shrewd strategy”. Professor John Burns from the department of politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong told Janice Wong that authorities had earlier said if the party called for a boycott of elections, it could be charged with subversion:
Path of Democracy may contest Legco polls  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Ronny Tong says a political party should disband if it doesn’t accept Hong Kong’s new electoral system. Tong said it was the “civic duty” of political parties to reflect their supporters’ views in the legislature. He told Wendy Wong that some members of the think tank he founded, Path of Democracy, were keen to join the upcoming Legco election. But he said the group would decide whether to go ahead after assessing their chances of winning:
Assurances made over June 4 memorials  Listenfacebook
Following the disbandment of the group that organised the annual June Fourth candlelight vigil, questions have been raised about whether people can still commemorate the ending of the student-led protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, has responded - saying people can express opposing views as long as they abide by the law - but should not attempt to overturn the government. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Group renews call to phase out cage homes  Listenfacebook
A grassroots organisation has called on the government to step up its efforts to tackle unsuitable housing in Hong Kong, saying the Chief Executive Carrie Lam should come up with a timetable in her upcoming policy address to eliminate so-called cage homes and cubicle homes. Violet Wong reports:
GT says two Michaels released on medical grounds  Listenfacebook
The Global Times has reported that the two Canadian men who were released from prison and sent back home on Saturday were returned for medical reasons. The article appears to build on Beijing's assertion that their cases aren't connected with Canada's detention of the telecommunications executive, Meng Wanzhou. Meng returned to China on Saturday after striking a deal with US prosecutors. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, said the news should go some of the way to smoothing over friction in Sino-US ties. He first told Samantha Butler more about the deal that allowed Meng to go home:
UK visa plan a drop in the ocean  Listenfacebook
Britain says it'll issue about 10,000 temporary visas to foreign workers to tackle food and petrol shortages caused by a lack of lorry drivers and staff in food processing plants. Business leaders have likened the plan to throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire. The opposition leader Keir Starmer accused the government of bad planning. Samantha Butler asked RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, for the reasons behind the driver shortage:
Sparrow numbers drop by a third  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society says it's worrying that the number of sparrows in the city has decreased by around 30 percent in the past five years. As Violet Wong reports, bird experts say a lack of nesting space and food shortages could be to blame.