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Government seeks support for tunnel toll proposals Listen
The Secretary for Transport, Frank Chan, says there's no room to amend the government's plan to level out tunnel fees. The administration is seeking support for its plan, and will move a non-binding motion at the Legislative Council on January 23. Chan says the proposed pricing changes for the three harbour crossings have already been carefully worked out. Pro-establishment lawmakers say these discussions are coming too soon, and pan-democrats say they're disappointed with the government's all-or-nothing approach. The Civic Party's Jeremy Tam, who is the vice-chairman of Legco’s transport panel, spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Engineer says MTR and government must be more transparent Listen
The government is allowing a property developer to resume work on a housing estate above the MTR's Tai Wai Station, after construction was stopped because of subsidence. At the same time, safety limits on subsidence at the site are being eased and now twice as much sinking will still be acceptable. Engineer Albert Lai, the policy convener of the Professional Commons thinktank, told Jim Gould that this relaxation of subsidence safety limits isn't too much of a concern – but concern about it shows the need for the government and MTR to be more transparent.
Democrats take control of House, as shutdown continues Listen
US Democrats have officially taken control of the House of Representatives, and have immediately passed two measures aimed at ending the nearly two-week long partial government shutdown. Shortly after the 116th Congress was sworn-in, President Donald Trump repeated he wouldn’t budge in his demands for funds for a border wall. Glenn Shive, the executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, told Annemarie Evans about the impact of the shutdown and the opposition President Trump can now expect from Congress.