This is what’s making news in Hong Kong’s Cantonese press today – Thursday, 20 December 2012.
Rita Fan receives fewer votes but is reelected to NPC
Hong Kong’s 36 representatives to the next National People’s Congress (NPC) were elected yesterday, among which 23 were reelected after serving in the current NPC. Although Rita Fan secured reelection this time, she received far fewer votes than she did in the last election. In the previous election, she received the most votes, but this time, she was ranked 29th. Asked if she felt that her weaker performance were due to previous criticism that she directed at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Fan replied that she did not know whether this was the reason or not. She said that if her words had bothered some people, there was nothing she could do. Fan also said that she was unwilling to play up to other people just to perform well in an election. As for whether she would be able to remain on the NPC Standing Committee, Fan said that while she was willing to be a Standing Committee member, committee membership was not a necessity for her.
Ray Lau to take on Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs role
Today, the Hong Kong government will announce the latest set of appointments for undersecretary and political assistant roles. Ray Lau Kong-wah, Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), will be appointed as Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. According to Sing Tao, Lau has already resigned from his Vice-Chairman role. Additionally, Michelle Au, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer of Friends of the Earth, will join the Environment Bureau as a political assistant. Open University of Hong Kong Professor Ho Kin-Chung will become a political assistant within the Development Bureau.
IPCC says police orders led to confusion
The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) has released its final report on the complaints made against the police regarding their behavior during the visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to Hong Kong last year. In total, 12 police members will be punished. The IPCC criticized the crowd-control orders of the police to save Li from embarrassment, saying that such orders instilled confusion in the front-line officers. As for whether protests were permitted in the protected area, the IPCC said that the police should have sought legal guidance.