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Hong Kong News

13 June 2012

Joseph Yam calls for dollar peg review

The papers in prominent coverage, with nine in their leads, reported that former HK Monetary Authority chief executive Joseph Yam, who was once a staunch supporter of the linked exchange rate system (LERS), said in a research paper that HK could do away with the exchange rate target to curb inflation and asset bubbles.

12 June 2012

Legislative Council’s establishment subcommittee endorses govt revamp proposal

The papers in wide coverage reported that Legislative Council’s establishment subcommittee endorsed the Government’s restructuring proposal yesterday by nine to two votes after the Democratic Party dropped its plans to move 21 motions on the proposal.

11 June 2012

Protesters demand Mainland activist death probe

Apple Daily and the South China Morning Post in front-page leads and other papers in prominent coverage reported that some 25,000 people marched from Chater Garden to the Liaison Office yesterday demanding a thorough investigation into the death of Mainland activist Li Wangyang after his body was cremated allegedly without the consent of his family. The police put the number of protesters at 5,400.

8 June 2012

Chances of passage of govt revamp getting slim

The papers in wide coverage quoted Chief Executive-elect C Y Leung as saying in an interview with the South China Morning Post that « the sky would not fall » if the government restructuring plan could not be passed before July 1. The remarks were seen as a softened stance in getting the passage of the proposed revamp amid stepped-up opposition tactics by the pan-democrats.

7 June 2012

Lehman minibond report reproves Joseph Yam

The papers in prominent coverage, with Sing Pao and Wen Wei Po in their leads, reported that the Subcommittee to Study Issues Arising from Lehman Brothers-related Minibonds and Structured Financial Products yesterday released its report, which took 44 months to complete and cost the Government $28 million.

6 June 2012

Proposed pay hike for political appointees shelved

The papers in wide coverage, with four in their leads, reported that the Government had shelved a plan to increase the pay for incoming politically appointed officials (PAOs) by 8.1 per cent. The decision was seen by some lawmakers as a move to relieve pressure on the proposed restructuring for the next-term Government, reports noted.

5 June 2012

180,000 join June 4 candlelight vigil: organiser

The papers in prominent text and pictorial coverage, with five in their leads, reported that a record number of 180,000 people attended the candlelight vigil commemorating the June 4 incident at Victoria Park last night, according to the HK Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. The police put the figure at 85,000 at the peak.

4 June 2012

By-election bill passed after 110-hr vetting

The papers (2.6) in good coverage reported that the Legislative Council (Amendment) Bill 2012 was passed last Friday after a 110-hour filibuster by People Power lawmakers Raymond Wong and Albert Chan.

1 June 2012

BL interpretation should not be triggered without a case: Law Society

In moderate coverage, several papers quoted new president of the Law Society Dieter Yih as saying that an NPCSC interpretation of the BL on whether babies born to Mainland parents in HK should be granted right of abode should be triggered by a live case rather than in the absence of any litigation.

31 May 2012

Population policy criticised for lack of planning, new initiatives

The papers in prominent coverage, with five in their leads and all others in inside-page leads, reported that the long-awaited population report by the Steering Committee on Population Policy (SCPP) was released yesterday, drawing criticisms of lacking long-term planning and new policy recommendations.