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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:
Vicky Wong and Samantha Butler

2021-12-21
Tuesday

Now playing: Foreign Ministry rebuts criticism of Legco poll
Selected audio segments:
CE praises 'wide' support given to Legco polls  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has acknowledged that the just over 30 percent turnout for Sunday's Legislative Council elections is lower than previous polls. They were the first Legco elections held after Beijing revamped rules to ensure patriots govern the city. As Timmy Sung reports, Lam dismissed suggestions of a lack of diversity in the new-look Legco and said the election garnered widespread support:
Beijing white paper hails HK's democratic progress  Listenfacebook
The day after the elections took place, the State Council published a white paper praising the Communist Party for establishing democracy in Hong Kong after the 1997 handover. The report was called "Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems". Mike Weeks reports:
Foreign Ministry rebuts criticism of Legco poll  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry's Office in Hong Kong has strongly condemned international criticism of the conduct of Sunday's Legislative Council election in Hong Kong. It follows statements by foreign ministers from various nations, expressing grave concern over the poll. Frances Sit reports:
Big-name incumbents lose trade-sector seats  Listenfacebook
Incumbents Felix Chung and Christopher Cheung were among the big-name losers in the functional constituencies in Sunday's elections, while Tik Chi-yuen became the only non-establishment candidate to gain a seat in the new Legco. Kelly Yu reports:
Chung blames defeat on electoral revamp  Listenfacebook
Following his defeat in the Textiles and Garment sector in Sunday's polls, Liberal Party leader Felix Chung will be stepping down as head of the party. He says under the party's constitution, its leader must also be a legislator. Chung has been the textiles Legco representative since 2012, but blamed his loss on the restructuring of his constituency. Following Beijing's revamp earlier this year, registered voters were restricted to corporate voters from designated associations. He told Vicky Wong this meant the number of voters went down from 2,200 to 300:
Regina Ip: voter turnout respectable  Listenfacebook
New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip says she's pleased with her party's performance in the Legco polls, and thinks the voter turnout was respectable. Joanne Wong reports:
Developer says Pavilia farm structurally safe  Listenfacebook
The Buildings Department says "a very small portion" of samples from two towers at the Pavilia Farm residential development in Tai Wai have a concrete strength that is lower than approved. The checks were carried out after New World Development announced in July that it was demolishing and rebuilding two other blocks at the site - towers one and eight of phase three - after they also failed concrete strength tests. The developer said a few units were affected by the latest findings, and it would contact those buyers on Tuesday. It stressed the two towers were structurally safe, and that the Buildings Department had given it the approval to commence strengthening works. Priscilla Ng reports:
UK added to highest Covid surveillance list  Listenfacebook
The government has announced a series of new measures intended to stop the Omicron coronavirus variant from spreading to the SAR, including a tighter testing requirement for incoming travellers. It has also added the UK to its highest-level surveillance list, while easing quarantine rules for people coming from those places. Seven imported cases were reported on Monday. Authorities also said five imported cases confirmed over the weekend involved the Omicron variant, and Hong Kong's tally of Omicron cases now stands at 19. Priscilla Ng reports: