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


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Plans unveiled to enable rendition to mainland, Macau and Taiwan   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers are broadly split along political lines over a government plan to make it easier to hand over criminal suspects to jurisdictions that do not have rendition agreements with Hong Kong. The matter hit the headlines last year when a Hong Kong student was accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend during a Valentine’s trip to Taiwan. He remains in custody in the SAR due to the lack of any rendition agreement with Taipei. But in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council, the Security Bureau has proposed a one-off, case-by-case approach to allow this, that would be triggered by the Chief Executive and include human-rights protections. But some pan-democrats are worried that the proposal would pave the way for political dissidents to be handed over to the mainland. Mike Weeks asked barrister Cindy Kong, a former chief inspector of police, if that is really a concern:
Government reviews monitoring of major works   Listenfacebook
The outgoing chairman of the MTR Corporation, Frederick Ma, says poor documentation of construction projects seems to be an industry-wide problem in Hong Kong and he's called on contractors to review their practices. He was commenting on reports that China State Construction Engineering failed to submit on time thousands of building and inspection records for the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai. The MTRC is being investigated over lax supervision of work on the Shatin-to-Central Link, where huge numbers of similar records have gone missing. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, revealed on Tuesday that the Secretary for Transport and Director of Highways have been asked to review the monitoring of major building works. Janice Wong asked Engineering sector lawmaker Lo Wai-kwok if he agreed with Ma that poor documentation of construction projects is an industry-wide problem:
Arrests made over East Rail vandalism   Listenfacebook
Police have arrested an 18-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in connection with Sunday's disruption of the MTR's East Rail Line services. Some reports say the man is from the UK while the boy is local. Robert Kemp has more:
Ombudsman ‘no toothless tiger’  Listenfacebook
The outgoing Ombudsman, Connie Lau has rebuffed accusations that her office is a “toothless tiger”, saying the watchdog's power lies in its credibility and transparency. But as Maggie Ho reports, Lau says she'd like to see government departments working better with each other to respond to complaints:
Lawmakers want to cap Link rents   Listenfacebook
Pro-government lawmakers Regina Ip and Alice Mak are planning to move a private members' bill in the Legislative Council aimed at setting a cap on the rent increases the Link Reit can make. But the Chief Executive appears to be cool to the idea. Carrie Lam said on Tuesday it would be unusual to use legislation to address the issue, and such a move could be seen as a breach of a free market economy. Ian Pooler asked Ip about the thinking behind the legislative proposal:
GBA development plan to be announced within days  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Beijing is on the verge of announcing an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area. The scheme is aimed at boosting connectivity between Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong, but Lam stressed it won't undermine "One Country Two Systems." Candice Wong reports: