Building more in the New Territories (my home turf) tops the news. Also making news are meetings in Beijing with Hong Kong representatives. Finally a judge upholds the right for others to criticise…judges!
Leung’s government is leaning towards public-private development of New Territories sites
Yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying published a blog post in which he said that his Wednesday Policy Address would be his blueprint to addressing economic development, housing issues, support for the poor, and environmental protection over the next five years. According to inside sources, land and housing policies are very important for Leung and the new government will focus on comprehensive land development in the northeast New Territories and Hung Shui Kiu. Sing Tao’s sources say that the government will pursue public-private partnerships to reduce stumbling blocks for development.
Qiao Xiaoyang calls for education of young people on national conditions
Qiao Xiaoyang, Deputy Secretary General of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, met with Hong Kong’s new and old representatives to the National People’s Congress yesterday. At the meeting, he reportedly expressed to Michael Tien of the New People’s Party his wish that supporters of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and defeated Chief Executive candidate Henry Tang put aside their differences. However, many attendees of the meeting said that Qiao did not mention Leung and Tang by name. He merely called on everybody to come together and support the governance efforts of the Chief Executive. Qiao also responded to recent instances when marchers waved Hong Kong’s colonial flag during protests, saying that Hong Kong’s representatives to the congress should understand national conditions and educate young people.
Chief justice says legal interpretation will not harm rule of law
Commenting on the current controversy over the independence of rule of law in Hong Kong, Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, said yesterday at the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2013 that Deputy Director of the Basic Law Committee Elsie Leung had the right to criticize judges and their rulings. However, he said that he did not believe that her criticism would negatively impact the work of judges. He also said that the work of courts should not be politicized. Moreover, he expressed that if the Court of Final Appeal asked the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for a legal interpretation of a law, Hong Kong’s rule of law would not be negatively impacted due to the fact that it is legal for the Court of Final Appeal to ask for an interpretation.