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Govt’s new land compensation system fails to win over opponents Listen
Activist Becky Au says the government’s sweeping overhaul of its system for compensating those displaced by public projects is unlikely to dampen opposition among communities who don’t want to move. The government’s new one-size-fits-all model will see eligible residents given more rehousing options, and cash compensation packages will rise sharply. Au is a resident of Ma Shi Po, a village in the northeastern New Territories, where communities have been affected by various development projects. She told Ben Tse that the government would be better off searching for land for new homes elsewhere.
Mahathir Mohamad poised to lead Malaysian again Listen
Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old former prime minister and winner of the Malaysian elections, is expected to meet the country’s constitutional monarch shortly and form a new administration. Dr Mahathir will take over from his former protégé, Najob Razak. Steve Gan, the editor in chief of the online portal, Malaysiakini spoke to Annemarie Evans about the result.
Former Anbang head sentenced to 18 years in prison Listen
The former head of Anbang, one of the mainland's largest insurance companies, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for fraud. Wu Xiaohui was detained last year on charges of fraud and embezzlement. State media said the court ordered more than US$1.5 billion to be confiscated from him. Professor Willy Lam of Chinese University told Annemarie Evans that Wu's cooperation with authorities will have helped him.