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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

2021-03-12
Friday

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Sweeping changes to HK’s electoral system approved in Beijing  Listenfacebook
The National People's Congress (NPC) has endorsed the most sweeping changes to Hong Kong's electoral system since the 1997 handover. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says her administration staunchly backs the changes and is grateful for them. She says they will plug what she described as loopholes in the current electoral system. Lam denied that the return of appointed seats would simply turn the council into a rubber stamp. Both Beijing and the government here say the changes are designed to ensure only patriots are in positions of power, to better protect 'One Country, Two Systems', national security and the long-term stability of Hong Kong. Vicky Wong reports:
Reform of election committee the next step: NPC delegate   Listenfacebook
The reforms approved by the NPC will see Hong Kong get a powerful new election committee that will nominate candidates for the Legislative Council as well as the chief executive election, and directly appoint some lawmakers. The number of seats in the council will be raised to 90. There will also be a new committee to vet all candidates to try to ensure they abide by the Basic Law and the national security law. Hong Kong lawmaker Michael Tien is also a member of the NPC. He spoke to Mike Weeks about Thursday’s vote on electoral reform:
Screening requirements offer pan-democrats ‘little hope’  Listenfacebook
A pro-democracy Election Committee member from the IT industry, Wong Ho-wa, says the reforms passed in Beijing are the exact opposite of what Hong Kong people want: universal suffrage and a more democratic Legislative Council. Wong had planned to join last year's Legco elections before they were postponed. But he told Frances Sit that he's now not sure there's any point:
Regina Ip says reforms will ensure the ‘right people’ are in power   Listenfacebook
New People's Party head and executive councillor Regina Ip told RTHK it's the pan-democrats' fault that Hong Kong is now taking a step backward on democratic reforms. She told Annemarie Evans that Beijing's revamp of the electoral system will make sure only the 'right people' are chosen to take up positions of power:
Ursus Fitness cluster likely to hit at least 50   Listenfacebook
The coronavirus outbreak at a Sai Ying Pun fitness centre is set to swell to around 50 cases on Friday. A day after a trainer there contracted the disease, 16 more people connected to the gym were confirmed to be infected, while nearly double that number tested preliminary positive for the disease. Priscilla Ng reports:
Fourth person dies days after Sinovac jab   Listenfacebook
A 70-year-old woman, with a history of hypertension, died on Thursday - nine days after receiving a Sinovac shot. She's the fourth person to have died days after getting the jab since the city's inoculation drive began at the end of last month. Violet Wong reports:
Government to publish vaccination guidelines for doctors  Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that the government is set to release guidelines on various groups of people who should not take coronavirus vaccines. Violet Wong reports:
National security suspect Helena Wong bailed   Listenfacebook
Former Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong has been released on bail ahead of her subversion trial. But on Thursday the High Court revoked bail for district councillor Ng Kin-wai. Both are among a group of 47 pan-democrats charged under the national security law for holding Legco primaries last year that are claimed to be part of a plot to overthrow the government. Timmy Sung reports:
Bishop Hill cistern given top heritage status  Listenfacebook
The Antiquities Advisory Board has designated the century-old cistern uncovered in Sham Shui Po as a Grade One historical building - the highest heritage grade. That means the government should make 'every effort' to preserve the former Sham Shui Po Service Reservoir, also known as the Mission Hill or Bishop Hill reservoir. It narrowly escaped demolition last year after a public outcry. The board said the cistern's romanesque arches are very rare and well-preserved, and therefore of high historical value. The government says it will consider how best to revitalise it and open it up to the public. Janice Wong asked the president of the Institute of Architectural Conservationists, Angela Ngai, how important that decision is: