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Leung Chun-ying: I never said I did not have illegal structures
Yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attempted to put his illegal structures controversy to rest at a LegCo question-and-answer session. He admitted that he had been negligent in the way in which he had tried to deal with the problem and said that his earlier communication was not clear. He apologized for both of these shortcomings. Leung also emphasized that he had not tried to conceal the matter or shirk responsibility. Nevertheless, Leung surprised many legislators by telling them that, in his memory, he had never said that he did not have illegal structures. Legislator Wong Kwok-kin asked the Chief Executive to retract this statement and said that Leung should apologize to the public for saying it. Functional constituency legislator Lam Ta-fai wondered whether Leung had reflected on the matter.
Cathay Pacific union calls for industrial action
The Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union, unhappy over management’s refusal to reopen negotiations over the union’s demand for a greater salary increase, called for industrial action yesterday. This action might include the offering of limited service on flights or the implementation of a work-to-rule action. For example, flight crew might refuse to serve meals to customers during flights. The union said that it would not call for a Christmas strike so as to avoid affecting the holiday travel plans of customers. However, the union said that if management did not come back to the negotiating table, it would not rule out the possibility of beginning a strike on New Year’s Day. A Cathay Pacific spokesperson pointed out that the airline had a plan to deal with such a strike.
Proposed plan would force squatters to notify landowners before taking land
According to current regulations, squatters who have occupied private land for 12 years can apply to the government for the right to manage the land, a concept that is known as “adverse possession”. The Law Reform Committee has suggested that the law be changed to require squatters to notify the landowner after ten years of occupancy. If the landowner does not respond within two years from the date of this notification, the squatter can then apply for the right to manage the land. The committee has opened a three-month consultation period to gather opinions on the proposal.