Big news is the appointment of a Hong Kong liaison officer in Beijing – not who everyone was expecting!
Zhang Dejiang to take charge of Hong Kong and Macau affairs
Since the conclusion of the 18th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, there has been much speculation over which Chinese politician would take over the Hong Kong and Macau portfolio from General Secretary Xi Jinping. Now, Sing Tao’s inside sources say that new Standing Committee member and next year’s National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang will take over the leadership of the Central Coordinating Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs from Xi. Hong Kong ExCo member Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, who has encountered Zhang many times, believes that Zhang will do well in the position due to the knowledge of Hong Kong and the experience with Guangdong-Hong Kong integration that Zhang gained while serving as Guangdong Party Secretary.
Carrie Lam denies interfering in Leung’s illegal structure case
Yesterday, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam denied that she had interfered in the Buildings Department’s enforcement of the law to protect Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying while she was serving as Secretary for Development. Lam did not respond regarding whether the scandal would affect the credibility of the government and whether she thought Leung had attempted to cover up news of his illegal structure. Current Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po yesterday admitted that the Buildings Department had sent Leung several notifications about his illegal structure, but he emphasized that the department had never specified how to enforce the law. He also said that allegations that the Buildings Department attempted to protect Leung were far from the truth.
Ricky Wong sues ATV’s Shing for slander
CTV Chairman Ricky Wong has entered into a legal battle with ATV. In response to ATV Executive Chairman Shing Pan-yu’s previous allegations that he had proof that Wong had stolen business secrets during Wong’s short time at the helm of ATV, Wong yesterday moved to sue Shing for slander at the High Court. Wong is demanding that the court stop Shing from repeating his allegations and has asked for compensation.