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CE’s ‘fundamental change’ assessment off the mark: academic  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says Chief Executive Carrie Lam might have been overstating things a bit when she said she'd brought "fundamental changes" to the subsidised housing market by de-linking the cost of Home Ownership Scheme flats from market prices last year. She also told a TV interview that she’d been praised for making the 'brave' decision that no leader before her had made. But Professor Chung says while the move does means subsidised flats are now cheaper, it hasn’t made a major difference in easing Hong Kong's acute housing shortage. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
‘Sexual orientation info needed in next census’  Listenfacebook
A gender studies expert is urging the government not to rule out asking people about their sexual orientation in the next population census in 2021. The Commissioner for Census and Statistics, Leslie Tang, on Monday told legislators that authorities have no plans to do so because people may not give truthful answers. Roundtable legislator Michael Tien has been pushing for such questions to be included to help the government formulate suitable policies. Professor Suen Yiu-tung, an Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre at the Chinese University, told Jim Gould such data is indispensable:
Thai police say they won't deport Saudi woman  Listenfacebook
Authorities in Thailand say the young Saudi woman who has barricaded herself in a hotel room at Bangkok airport won't be sent anywhere against her wishes, and will be allowed to meet UN officials. Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said she was fleeing her "abusive" family while travelling in Kuwait, and had flown to Thailand in the hopes of reaching Australia to seek asylum. She says she fears for her life if she's returned to her family because she renounced Islam. But Saudi officials say she was detained for not having a return ticket. Annemarie Evans asked our Bangkok correspondent Larry Jagan what he made of the dramatic story: