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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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Police chief says 25 percent funding boost is needed   Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has defended a sharp jump in the force's budget, saying clashes in Mong Kok at the weekend and a sharp rise in crime are two examples of why he needs to hire hundreds more officers. Overall crime rose by 9.2 percent in 2019 as more and more police resources were deployed to crackdown on anti-government protests. Timmy Sung has the details:
A political solution to the social unrest ‘best way’ to help police   Listenfacebook
Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung say he's against giving the police more money until Carrie Lam's government acknowledges it was responsible for the unrest and rising protest violence that Hong Kong has suffered since June 2019. Liberal Party leader Felix Chung agrees the government needs to find a political solution to the unrest rather than sending in the police. But for now he believes there is a need to give the police chief more resources. He spoke to Ian Pooler:
HKJA sees no improvement in police treatment of reporters   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) is demanding answers from the police and the government over the treatment of frontline reporters at protests. In an open letter, it said reporters have faced more frequent checks and even been hit by pepper spray while covering demonstrations, and the situation hasn't improved since last year when it also raised its concerns. HKJA chairman Chris Yeung told Richard Pyne the association needs to speak out to prevent such harsh treatment becoming the norm:
Covid-19 infections hit 100   Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong rose to 100 on Monday, with health authorities confirming a new case and upgrading another previously classified as ‘probable.’ Cecil Wong has the details:
Civil servants have mixed views about return to work   Listenfacebook
Many government employees returned to their offices on Monday after working from home for weeks. Some are happy with the arrangements and say they are being extra careful to try to avoid being infected with the coronavirus. But others said they were getting little help with that, especially from the government, as Violet Wong reports:
New country park users urged to take their rubbish away   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's hiking trails have become a welcome respite for people cooped up at home for the past few weeks because of the health crisis, or trying to maintain "social distancing" to minimise the spread of the new coronavirus. But photos shared on social media of piles of rubbish, including surgical masks, at popular hiking spots paint a worrying picture. But is the situation really as bad as that depicts? Mike Weeks asked the Conservancy Association’s chief executive, Ken So: