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


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Warning sounded about throwing open MPF investments   Listenfacebook
The Chair Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong, Nelson Chow, has warned that investing Mandatory Provident Fund savings in high-risk financial products goes against the objective of protecting people's retirement savings. He said that is not what the scheme was intended for. He was speaking to RTHK after the Financial Services Development Council on Thursday recommended that MPF managers be allowed to invest in a wider range of products to boost returns. The government advisory group said allowing trustees to put money into higher-risk products could help boost much-needed returns as people are not saving enough for their old age. Ian Pooler asked the leader of the council's working group on reviewing MPF, Florence Yip, to respond to Chow’s criticism:
Customs make record rhino-horn seizure   Listenfacebook
Customs officers and conservation groups are hailing the discovery of a record haul of suspected rhino horn at the airport. Forty kilogrammes of horns were seized from the luggage of two passengers en route to Vietnam on Thursday. Mike Weeks has the details:
Task force head says government will build on golf course   Listenfacebook
The head of the government's Land Supply Task Force, Stanley Wong, has told RTHK he believes Carrie Lam's administration will ultimately act on its a recommendation to resume part of the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling for housing. The Chief Executive has yet to respond to the group's proposals more than a month after receiving its report on ways to find more land for housing and development. One member, Wong Kwun, has threatened to resign if Lam rejects the golf course proposal. Stanley Wong told Ben Tse he hopes the government will respond to the report's recommendations before the task force's tenure expires in two weeks’ time:
Hong Kong slips out of world’s top five ports   Listenfacebook
The latest ranking of the world's busiest container ports has Hong Kong in seventh place, the first time it has been outside the top five since the rankings were first compiled in 1979. The fall shows how much ground Hong Kong has lost over the past few years to regional competitors, as Altis Wong reports:
Swedish envoy investigated over bookseller deal   Listenfacebook
Sweden confirmed on Thursday that it had recalled its ambassador to China over what's said to be a deal involving detained Causeway Bay bookseller Gui Minhai. This came after Gui’s daughter, Angela, revealed that her father may be freed by mainland authorities in exchange for her NOT publicising his case. Candice Wong has the details:
Valentine’s warning issued over match-making services   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council issued a Valentine's Day warning for anyone looking for love via matchmaking services. It said such companies can't guarantee people will find their Mr or Miss Right and users need to bear this in mind before handing over their money. Frances Sit reports: