Making news in the Chinese press today in Hong Kong…
1. Kai Tuk sites selected for restricted sale to local residents.
Chief Executive CY Leung announced that two Kai Tak development sites have been chosen for the implementation of a “Hong Kong property for Hong Kong residents” policy. Only Hong Kong permanent residents will be able to buy the 1,100 flats in the development sites which will be open for tender first quarter next year. The flats can only be resold to Hong Kong permanent residents in the capacity of an individual for 30 years. Leung told the media yesterday that due to the positive response from the public, he has asked the Lands Department and the Department of Justice to expedite the works required for launching the policy within a short time. Secretary for Development Paul Chan added that the government was drafting its land sale list for next year from which more sites would be selected for the application of the new policy.
2. Anna Wu: scrapping national education an option.
Chairman of the Committee on Implementation of Moral and National Education Anna Wu held a press conference yesterday to address the continual row over the introduction of national education. Wu said the committee could discuss all options including whether the school subject should be introduced at all or as an independent one. Wu added that schools have full autonomy to choose whether to follow the Education Bureau’s teaching guidelines or adopt them in ways that they see appropriate. Expressing respect for the students in opposition, Wu said she has written to Scholarism, the Parents Concern Group on National Education and the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union to invite them for a discussion.
3. Multiple entry scheme may be scrapped.
CY Leung is expected to announce that the controversial multiple visit scheme for non permanent residents in Shenzhen will be shelved, according to today’s newspapers. It is understood that instead non permanent residents in Shenzhen will be allowed to apply for a single / double entry permit to Hong Kong. The tourism industry in general supported the anticipated abandonment of the plan considering Hong Kong’s limited capacity to receive tourists.
4. Watchdog urges police to improve demonstration arrangements.
Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council Jat Sew-Tong said the council, having observed on-site the mass rally on July 1st, viewed that the police’s road and traffic arrangements could be improved to alleviate the crowd. The council recommended the police to open up the entire Gloucester Road and Hennessy Road for demonstrators for a march that starts at the Victoria Park and ends at the government headquarters