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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 Samantha Butler

2022-04-07
Thursday

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John Lee enters CE race  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary John Lee has resigned to run for Chief Executive in next month's election. His announcement comes just two days after the incumbent, Carrie Lam, ruled herself out. Cecil Wong reports:
From cop to No.2: a look back at Lee's career  Listenfacebook
Last year, John Lee became the first number-two official in Hong Kong with a police background. Before that, he was Carrie Lam's security chief, handling a number of hot-button issues. Timmy Sung reports:
Expert says Lee is 'right man at right time’  Listenfacebook
A risk consultant says former chief secretary, John Lee, is the right choice for the job of running Hong Kong. Steve Vickers, CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates, worked alongside Lee for some years in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He described him as "very reliably tough when required, logical and rational when under pressure". He told Samantha Butler that Lee's background as a police officer was not necessarily a disadvantage to running Hong Kong:
CE promises positive cases can home-isolate  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reassured Hong Kong people that anyone who finds they have Covid-19 in the mass self-testing exercise this weekend will be allowed to isolate at home, as long as their living environment is suitable. She said the government was now ready to handle any testing eventuality. Wendy Wong reports:
Covid e-voucher scheme launches  Listenfacebook
Around 6.3 million people will find themselves a little richer on Thursday, when the government begins handing out a new round of spending vouchers. People using registered e-wallets, including AlipayHK, Tap & Go, and WeChat Pay, will automatically get the full $5,000 on Thursday. Those who chose to receive the money via their Octopus cards can get $4,000 by tapping their cards, and collect the remaining $1,000 as early as June 16, provided they have spent the first instalment. Jessie Wong, the head of Budget and Tax Policy Unit at the Financial Secretary's Office, says there's no rush for people to spend the money immediately. She spoke to Jimmy Choi:
High Street shop vacancies on the rise  Listenfacebook
A real estate services firm says the first quarter of the year has been a challenging time for retailers. Lawrence Wan is in charge of retail property leasing at CBRE Hong Kong. He told RTHK that apart from establishments that were closed due to pandemic restrictions, other shops also temporarily shut as staff caught Covid-19. He welcomed the release of a new round of vouchers on Thursday, but told Janice Wong that the effects wouldn't be seen until after the Easter break:
Six fined over Covid rule-breaking party   Listenfacebook
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department says it has issued fixed penalty tickets to six people who flouted anti-Covid rules during a birthday party for National People’s Congress deputy, Witman Hung. Former home affairs secretary Caspar Tsui was among a number of senior officials who attended the party in January and he later stepped down over the scandal. Timmy Sung reports:
Shanghai lockdown continues  Listenfacebook
Shanghai authorities have launched another round of citywide Covid testing to try to curb the spread of Omicron, as new infections hit another record high. That means the city's 26 million residents remain under lockdown, as Natale Ching reports:
AUKUS to work together on hypersonic weapons  Listenfacebook
Shanghai authorities have launched another round of citywide Covid testing to try to curb the spread of Omicron, as new infections hit another record high. That means the city's 26 million residents remain under lockdown, as Natale Ching reports:
Sri Lankan president stands firm amid civil unrest  Listenfacebook
Sri Lanka is in crisis; 40 MPs have left the coalition government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, leaving his government in a minority. But he and his brother - who is the prime minister - are resisting calls to step down. Sri Lanka has been grappling with power cuts and shortages of essentials because of an economic and foreign exchange crisis. It's led to mass protests demanding Rajapaksa's resignation. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan about the situation: