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


Now playing: Legco 2021: HK Island West
Selected audio segments:
Top mainland official says HK to get real democracy  Listenfacebook
The director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, says Hong Kong wasted time in seeking Western-style democracy, but was left with chaos and divisions. He says Hong Kong people have never truly enjoyed democracy but they are about to get the real thing. Damon Pang reports:
Xia Baolong's Legco comments 'unprecedented'  Listenfacebook
China specialist, Willy Lam, says it's unprecedented that a mainland official would come out to comment on the SAR's Legco elections just weeks before the polls open. He told Samantha Butler that Xia has doubled down on criticism that the election is less democratic than previous ones, and wants to highlight to western media that the election reflects Hong Kong values:
Legco 2021: HK Island West  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on December 19. Voters will choose a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. In a special series, RTHK is meeting Legco candidates from around Hong Kong. This time, we feature those in the Hong Kong Island West geographical constituency:
Kids to be exempt from Covid app use  Listenfacebook
More children are to be exempt from using the government's Covid location recording app - LeaveHomeSafe - when it's to be made mandatory at a number of different premises from Thursday. Under-16s will be allowed in without scanning. Frances Sit reports:
Soco calls for more Covid app exemptions  Listenfacebook
A community activist says people who don't have a smartphone should also be exempt from using the LeaveHomeSafe app. Sze Lai-shan, a community organiser with the Society for Community Organization says a government survey showed more than half a million people were without a smartphone. She told Janice Wong that the government should allow a transition period so people could comply or be granted an exemption:
Fukuda: I leave HK with pride  Listenfacebook
A former government adviser on the pandemic says he’s leaving Hong Kong with "an immense sense of pride". The outgoing University of Hong Kong professor, Keiji Fukuda, made the comment just days ahead of his departure as head of the university's School of Public Health. The university announced earlier this year that it wouldn't be renewing his five-year contract. Priscilla Ng reports:
Police investigate Tai Po pigeon deaths  Listenfacebook
Police have launched an animal cruelty investigation after the bodies of some 30 pigeons were found in Tai Po yesterday. Frances Sit reports:
Telegram operator jailed for incitement  Listenfacebook
A man who helped run a Telegram group has been sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to nine incitement charges linked to the social unrest in 2019. Timmy Sung reports:
New World in housing first  Listenfacebook
New World Development says it's offering units that require a down-payment of as little as $135,000, under what it described as Hong Kong's first subsidised private housing scheme. Natale Ching reports:
China Cuts Reserve Requirement Ratio  Listenfacebook
The People's Bank of China has confirmed it's trimming its reserve requirement ratio for the country's banks by 50 basis points starting on Wednesday next week. Premier Li Keqiang had revealed the planned cut - the second this year - on Friday. ING's Chief Greater China Economist, Iris Pang, told Joanne Wong that the move was aimed at helping small-and-medium-sized businesses:
Suu Kyi's jail sentence condemned  Listenfacebook
Myanmar's military rulers are facing widespread international condemnation after the country's deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced for inciting dissent and breaching coronavirus rules. The four-year term was later reduced to two. But the United States called the whole judicial process an "affront to democracy". Suu Kyi has been in detention since a military coup in February toppled her elected civilian government. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Southeast Asia Correspondent Luke Hunt if he was surprised by the sentence: