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Government blunder makes laws unenforceable at 450 public venues Listen
The government has admitted to a major oversight in its management of public parks, which effectively means it cannot enforce bans against smokers or hawkers at 450 venues across Hong Kong for the next three months or so. The problem stems from a legal technicality - under the law, layout plans for public parks and other venues managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department should be filed with the Land Registry, to give the department a solid legal footing to enforce specific laws like those against smoking and hawking. And the LCSD now admits it has not filed the plans for 450 venues across the city, which essentially means the exact boundaries of these places are not precisely defined, legally speaking. Annemarie Evans asked Au Nok-hin, who is the deputy-chairman of Legco's home affairs panel, what he made of the oversight.
‘Perfectly reasonable to cap elderly spending on eyecare’ Listen
The government is proposing to cap the amount of money elderly people can spend on optical services using medical vouchers - at HK$2,000 every two years. The move comes after optometrists were accused of abusing the voucher scheme - with some elderly people spending large sums of money on having eye check-ups and buying glasses. But the trade has denied any wrongdoing. Jim Gould asked Alex Lam, the chairman of Hong Kong Patients Voices, what he thought of the proposed cap.
Kim Jong-nam murder charge ruling appears ‘stage-managed’ Listen
An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been freed from custody in Malaysia. That was after a court there dropped the murder charge against her. The Indonesian government says high-level lobbying by Jakarta led to her release. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Seoul correspondent Frank Smith what he made of the decision.