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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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Feud over murder case continues as suspect set for release   Listenfacebook
Murder suspect Chan Tong-kai will be freed Wednesday morning as Hong Kong and Taiwan continue to feud over the handling of his own attempt to return to the island to surrender. In the latest development, the government rejected a request from Taipei to allow officials to come to the SAR to escort Chan back to the island for trial for the killing of his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei about a year and a half ago. It called the request "totally unacceptable", saying Taiwan has no law enforcement power in Hong Kong. Democratic Party lawmaker James To travelled to Taipei on Tuesday to find out more about the case. Jim Gould asked him just what is going on:
Concerns raised about ‘dangerous chemicals’ used by police   Listenfacebook
A businessman who was hit by the blue dye sprayed by police outside Kowloon Mosque on Sunday has called on the government to stop using what he described as dangerous chemicals in its bid to restore order in Hong Kong. Mohan Chugani also joined fellow businessman Philip Khan, lawmaker Jeremy Tam and Unison's Phyllis Cheung - who were also hit by the dye - in lodging a formal complaint with the police. Chief Executive Carrie Lam and senior members of the force have apologised to Islamic leaders at the mosque, and Lam and Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Tang have also made personal calls to some of those affected, including Chugani. But he told Anne-Marie Evans that's not enough:
Academics question use of tear gas in densely-populated areas   Listenfacebook
The government has dismissed a letter posted in The Lancet medical journal that criticised its use and monitoring of tear gas. The letter - from a group of Chinese University scholars - questioned whether tear gas should be used in densely-populated areas, when minimum efforts have been made to provide health protection and cleaning up guidelines to the public. Health secretary Sophia Chan insists decontamination guidelines have been issued. But one of the co-authors of the letter, Dr Kevin Hung, said just having guidelines for workers cleaning up after tear gas is fired is nowhere near enough. The assistant professor in Emergency Medicine at the Chinese University spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Police win case over voter register   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal granted an injunction on Tuesday banning election authorities from publishing the names and addresses of registered voters for the upcoming District Council elections. The injunction was sought by Hong Kong's largest police association, which argued that officers and their families have been put at risk in recent months by the sharing of their personal information online, or so-called "doxxing". Richard Pyne reports:
HK$2b earmarked for business protest relief   Listenfacebook
The government has announced a HK$2 billion relief package to help the retail, catering and transport industries hit by the ongoing protests and economic slowdown. In an example of what’s being offered, Transport Secretary Frank Chan said the government would subsidise one-third of the fuel costs of public transport operators and taxi and red minibus drivers for half a year. The rent for supermarkets, car parks and restaurants operating in government venues will also be halved for six months, backdated to the first of this month. Ian Pooler asked Liberal Party leader Felix Chung if he was happy with the relief been offered to businesses:
Ombudsman calls for mandatory child abuse reporting   Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman has urged the government to look into whether to make it mandatory for teachers, social workers and medical staff to report any suspected child abuse cases they come across to the authorities. The government watchdog noted that the number of child abuse reports is on the rise, saying many of the victims don't know who to turn to for help. Mike Weeks asked Priscilla Lui, from the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights, for her thoughts on the Ombudsman’s call:
British parliament rejects Brexit timetable   Listenfacebook
Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced he'll pause crucial legislation on Brexit, despite winning an initial vote approving its second reading. But in a second significant vote, Members of Parliament rejected the compressed three-day timetable for the chamber to consider the Brexit legislation. So will this reduce the chance of Britain leaving the European Union by next Thursday? Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Peter Anderson: