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

2020-06-09
Tuesday

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Zhang Xiaoming dismisses fears over national security law  Listenfacebook
A deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, has dismissed rumours that the national security legislation Beijing is drafting for the city would see people here whisked across the border for trial. Zhang told an on-line seminar that the new law would give Hong Kong people more freedom, not less. Maggie Ho reports:
Alvin Yeung says security law is not going to facilitate freedom  Listenfacebook
In a post on Facebook late on Monday night after taking part in the on-line seminar on the Basic Law, Chief Executive Carrie Lam revealed that Beijing is considering measures she's put forward to boost Hong Kong's financial industry. She said her ideas had been well-received by top officials, but revealed no details. Instead, Lam paraphrased Zhang Xiaoming by saying the new security legislation for Hong Kong would bring freedom from fear, as well as the stability that the financial industry needs. Mike Weeks asked Civic Party leader and barrister Alvin Yeung for his thoughts on what Zhang said during the three-hour webinar:
HK$10,000 handout to be paid from July 8  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that people can start receiving their HK$10,000 handouts from July 8. Applications open on June 21, and those who elect to get the money directly transferred to their bank accounts will be paid first. As Damon Pang reports, the Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says he's keeping an "open mind" on more handouts in future:
Ocean Park to reopen on Saturday   Listenfacebook
Just one imported case of Covid-19 was reported on Monday: a 34-year-old woman who returned from Pakistan late last month. With infections remaining low, the government is now moving on to the next phase of reopening the city from coronavirus restrictions. Hong Kong's two theme parks are to reopen soon; conventions and exhibitions will restart next month; and officials are also considering opening up 'travel corridors' to enable people to fly to specific destinations that are deemed to be winning the fight against Covid-19. Richard Pyne reports:
Parents relieved as more children return to school   Listenfacebook
Thousands more children went back to classes on Monday for the first time in months. The second phase of the government's school resumption plan involved students from primary four through to form two. As Priscilla Ng reports, schools put in place special hygiene measures to minimise the risk of coronavirus infections:
Families feel the pain of one year of protests   Listenfacebook
Tuesday marks exactly one year since an estimated one million people took to the streets of Hong Kong Island to push for the withdrawal of proposed changes to the SAR's extradition laws. But what started off as peaceful demonstrations against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance bill quickly morphed into violence and a wider anti-government movement, which further polarized an already divided society. Families were often in the middle: but while some ties were broken, others found tighter bonds. Joanne Wong has been speaking to some of them:
Patrick Nip’s ‘dual nationality’ claim will ‘only confuse’ civil servants  Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip is standing by his remarks over the weekend that government workers have ‘”dual identities”, serving both the SAR and Beijing, because Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. A former deputy secretary for Economic Services, Elizabeth Bosher, told Annemarie Evans that the concept put forward by Nip is puzzling, and would cause confusion among civil servants:
E-smokers jump by a quarter as lawmakers delay a ban   Listenfacebook
The number of people using electronic cigarettes in Hong Kong jumped by 26 percent between 2017 and last year. That's according to new figures from the government's tobacco control office, published days after legislators decided to halt work on a bill that would have banned the manufacture, sale, and promotion of the smoking products. Timmy Sung reports: