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


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Engineer not convinced Shatin-Central line is safe  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Transport, Frank Chan, says a dedicated department to oversee rail projects is to be established before the government pushes ahead with various plans to expand Hong Kong's train network. This was one of the suggestions in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the construction scandals that have plagued the MTR Corporation's long-delayed Sha Tin to Central link. The government-appointed inquiry criticized the Highways Department's oversight of what’s turned out to be Hong Kong's most expensive rail project. It also found that the work is safe, despite identifying "serious deficiencies" in how the MTRC and its contractor, Leighton, managed and supervised the construction. Janice Wong asked civil engineer Albert Lai, from the Professional Commons, whether he thought the criticism levelled at the two firms is strong enough:
Jobs-protection scheme fine-tuned to benefit thousands more  Listenfacebook
The government has expanded its coronavirus wage subsidy scheme to ensure tens of thousands more workers benefit, chiefly the elderly and those who are self-employed. It said the job-protection programme will also ensure employees won't be forced to take unpaid leave. Violet Wong reports:
Wage-subsidy scheme welcomed by employers  Listenfacebook
The pro-business Liberal Party welcomed the revisions to the wage subsidy scheme, saying they will better help firms secure jobs. Duncan Abate from the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong said it should act to boost the entire economy. He spoke to Mike Weeks:
Police chief admits treatment of reporters undesirable  Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has acknowledged that his officers’ treatment of reporters during protests on Sunday was "undesirable", and that they should have been more professional. As Timmy Sung reports, Tang will meet media groups next week to discuss the matter:
National anthem bill to be put before lawmakers in two weeks  Listenfacebook
The government plans to table the controversial national anthem bill to the Legislative Council on May 27. It's at the top of a list of ten pending draft laws before the council heads for its summer recess. Damon Pang reports:
Appeal court reserves judgment over Legco disturbances  Listenfacebook
The major bone of contention at a Court of Appeal hearing on Tuesday was whether lawmakers are bound by Legislative Council laws prohibiting disturbances during meetings. The Department of Justice has appealed against the acquittal of former lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung for snatching documents from an official in 2016 in a contempt of Legco case. Damon Pang has the details:
Pandemic means both China and US will struggle to uphold trade deal  Listenfacebook
China has announced a new list of 79 American products eligible for waivers from retaliatory tariffs imposed at the height of their trade war, among them rare earth metals and gold and silver ore. The new waivers will take effect next Wednesday, and last for one year. The announcement came just after President Trump ruled out renegotiating the trade deal signed with Beijing in January. The US leader has recently hit out at China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and threatened new tariffs. Nicole Lamb-Hale, managing director at Kroll, a division of Duff and Phelps spoke to Mike Weeks about the trade deal. He started by asking her how the new list of waivers fits in with the promises Beijing has made on trade: