Leung urges business leaders to “shout at” those who impede policymaking
Speaking at a Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce event yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged attendees to “shout at” anyone who they found obstructing the realization of policy. This has prompted some people to criticize Leung for fomenting discord and sowing divisions. In response to Leung’s advice, Labor Party legislator Kenneth Chan said that Leung’s failure to respond to the notices that the Buildings Department had sent to Leung regarding the illegal structures at his Peak property was the real obstruction of policy implementation.
Leung’s illegal room is 60 percent larger than he claimed
Last night, the Buildings Department sent another team to investigate the illegal room located at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s larger of two homes on Peel Rise. The investigators discovered that the illegal room is 320 square feet and not the approximately 200 square feet that Leung claimed last Friday. In total, the two houses have 801 square feet of illegal structures. The Buildings Department surveyor who went to the house refused to comment on the legality of the structures or whether an order had been given to demolish them.
Kowloon Bus applies for an 8.5 percent fare increase
Kowloon Bus has announced that it has applied for government permission to raise its fares by 8.5 percent, or about five cents per trip on average. According to the company, this price increase will bring in an extra HK$500 million in revenue. The announcement says that Kowloon Bus is aware that its new ticket prices will be unpopular but feels obligated to raise fares in light of the fact that 70 percent of its routes are losing money. The announcement also mentions an increase in the costs of labor and fuel as contributing factors to its decision. To help deal with these problems, next year, Kowloon Bus will submit a route consolidation plan to the government. An academic has said that the government will probably only allow a partial fare increase.