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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: Kowloon East
Selected audio segments:
Thousands sign up to vote at the border  Listenfacebook
So far, around 18,000 Hong Kong people living on the mainland have signed up to vote in the upcoming Legco elections. For the first time ever, the government has set up voting stations at border checkpoints that are currently unused during the pandemic. At her weekly media briefing on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam admitted it was unlikely the final figure would be near the maximum 110,000 voters which the three polling stations on the border can accommodate. Jimmy Choi reports:
CE says pandemic shows 'democracy' shortcomings  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has endorsed comments made by Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office chief, Xia Baolong, that Hong Kong wasted time in seeking Western-style democracy. Carrie Lam says some Western countries' handling of the pandemic has shown how their democracy is pointless. Vicky Wong reports:
Commentator backs criticism of 'US-style' democracy  Listenfacebook
A vice-president of Beijing’s top think tank on Hong Kong, Lau Siu-kai, says a call to vote in the Legco elections from the central government is part of China’s push against what he describes as the “hypocrisy" of "US and Western democracy”. The comments from the mainland's top official in Hong Kong, Xia Baolong, came hot on the heels of a white paper issued by Beijing, which criticised US-style democracy. Maggie Ho reports:
Exiled lawmaker accused of spreading 'political lies'  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, says he's "extremely furious" with former lawmaker Nathan Law's decision to speak at an upcoming democracy summit to be hosted by President Biden. China and Russia have been left off the guest list for the event, which will be held virtually on Thursday and Friday. As Damon Pang reports, Tang accused the exiled activist of attending the summit "to spread political lies":
Business travellers prioritised in border reopening  Listenfacebook
Business people are to get priority when quarantine-free travel begins with the mainland. So far, the government hasn't set a date for the border to re-open, although from Friday, people can sign up for a health code that will facilitate the quarantine-free crossing. It's also not yet known what the daily quota will be. Wendy Wong reports:
SMEs fear being shut out of border reopening  Listenfacebook
The head of a group representing small and medium-sized enterprises says he's afraid its members will be bottom of the list, when the government selects candidates for quarantine-free travel to the mainland. Danny Lau, the honorary chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprises Association, told Samantha Butler that officials had been engaging with various groups on how to select the first candidates, but his organisation hadn't been approached:
Homeless exempted from using Covid app  Listenfacebook
The government has been fleshing out the arrangements for when its Covid location recording app - LeaveHomeSafe - is made mandatory to enter premises, such as restaurants and cinemas from Thursday. It sparked a rush for people to buy cheap mobile phones at the beginning of November, when use of the app was made compulsory to enter all government premises. On Tuesday, a government official confirmed that homeless people who don’t have a smartphone will be exempt from using the app, as long as they have a certificate to prove their status. Maggie Ho reports:
Dining habits fuel growth in single-use plastic  Listenfacebook
About 3.9 billion pieces of single-use food-service packaging and utensils from takeaway meals were disposed of in 2019 and that figure is expected to jump next year due to the impact of Covid-19 on dining habits. That's according to climate research group, ADM Capital Foundation, which collaborated with food and beverage operators to study the takeout habits of Hong Kong people. One of its senior advisors, Helga Vanthournout, spoke to Vanessa Cheng about the problem:
Joint call for roadmap to ban single-use plastics  Listenfacebook
Four environmental groups have jointly demanded the government give a clear roadmap towards cutting the use of single-use plastics. Greenpeace, Green Power, Green Earth and Greeners Action, made the call after their analysis found plastic packaging of products at supermarkets and convenience stores last year alone could surround the Earth twice. Leanne Tam, a campaigner from Greenpeace, told Janice Wong that the government should promote the use of re-usable containers when people go shopping:
Legco 2021: Kowloon East  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 Kowloon East geographical constituency:
Ceremony to remember HK's WWII fallen  Listenfacebook
Eighty years ago, Imperial Japanese forces would strike the US naval base in Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, an attack that would result in America formally entering the second world war. At the same time, on the morning of December 8, 1941, a garrison of Japanese soldiers moved south from Guangdong into Hong Kong. A ceremony will be held on Wednesday morning to remember those who died here in December 1941 and the ensuing occupation. Annemarie Evans reports: