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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

2021-03-31
Wednesday

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Legco hopefuls to face multiple hurdles   Listenfacebook
Beijing has put in place a drastic overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure that only those deemed to be patriots can assume public office. An expanded Election Committee will be set up with new powers to nominate and elect lawmakers, before a newly revamped legislature is chosen in December. A new Review Committee consisting of government ministers will also be established to decide who can and can’t run for election after receiving input from both the police and the Committee for Safeguarding National Security. Wendy Wong takes a closer look at the hurdles candidates will face:
Vetting system ‘gives police huge political power‘  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says the changes will see Hong Kong police forced into a political role in vetting candidates for public office. He says this is more emblematic of a police state than a democracy. Priscilla Ng asked him if he thought any pan-democrats would have a realistic chance of running for office:
Just 20 of 90 lawmakers to be directly elected in December   Listenfacebook
The new-look Legislative Council will be instituted in December. It will be split into three groups instead of two, and include 90 members instead of 70. But as Vicky Wong reports, the biggest change is the introduction of 40 new seats to be selected by the Election Committee, while the number of directly-elected seats is halved:
DAB chief believes one country, two systems will continue  Listenfacebook
Pro-Beijing lawmakers welcomed the revamp of the electoral system, saying the changes will eliminate what they describe as loopholes. They say these have been exploited by anti-China forces. DAB chairwoman Starry Lee spoke to Natale Ching:
DP leader says room for political participation has rapidly shrunk   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Democratic Party, Lo Kin-hei says the electoral changes have erased all democratic progress achieved in Hong Kong since the handover in one fell swoop. He spoke to Jim Gould:
District councillor says changes will refocus local politics  Listenfacebook
The electoral revamp sees the five so-called district council 'superseats', that were chosen by all voters, eliminated from the functional constituencies. The Liberal Party‘s Jeremy Young - a Central and Western district councillor – welcomed the change. He said it will allow district councils to refocus their attention on more local matters. Mike Weeks asked him if he agreed with Beijing’s Liaison Office that the changes will create more space for people to take part in Hong Kong politics:
Mutant Covid strain prompts review of screening procedures   Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority is reviewing its screening procedures for coronavirus variants after it found that a patient carrying a mutated strain was unintentionally placed together with three other Covid-19 patients for more than a day. Joanne Wong reports:
Health chief urges people to get vaccinated  Listenfacebook
Seven coronavirus infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Tuesday. But just one was a local case, linked to a previously confirmed patient. Despite that, Health Secretary Sophia Chan said the SAR is still not ready to drastically relax its infection-control measures. She said the government doesn't want the effort spent in fighting the virus to be in vain. Jimmy Choi reports:
Carrie Lam stands by RTHK chief over editorial decisions  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says she's standing by the Director of Broadcasting over controversial decisions to pull episodes of several RTHK programmes at the last minute. She said Patrick Li is doing what she expects of the station's chief editor. Vicky Wong has that story:
Bookshelves: a new coffin option  Listenfacebook
These days there are plenty of choices when it comes to burial options: a coffin or a cremation urn; to have your ashes scattered to the wind or turned into a diamond. But now Lingnan University has teamed up with the NGO, Forget Thee Not, to give people a totally different option, to be buried in a bookshelf that can be converted into a coffin. Janice Wong asked Dr Albert Ko, Director of the Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, how they came up with the idea: