Milk powder may become a protected commodity to arrest the run-off of infant formula to China. And CY Leung may not get a thank you card from LegCo.
Lew Mon-hung meets secretly with Kwok Ying-chuen, and Wong Kwan
Following the accusations that he made against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying last week, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) delegate Lew Mon-hung has used the excuse of illness to avoid public meetings. News has also emerged that he would lose his membership in the CPPCC. However, yesterday, journalists spied Lew in a secret lunch meeting with the former chairman of China Development Holdings, Kwok Ying-chuen. And, in the evening, Lew was seen meeting with Pearl Oriental Chairman and Chief Executive Wong Kwan, who, like Lew, is under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Lew has claimed that he is being wronged and that, even if he cannot be a CPPCC delegate, he has always worked in the interests of the country, served the people, and worked for the benefit of Hong Kong’s people.
Government may make milk powder a reserved commodity to combat parallel traders
Yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expressed his concern for the fact that some merchants were selling out of milk powder due to purchases by mainland parallel traders. He said that the needs of Hong Kong people would have to come first. According to Sing Tao’s sources, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam chaired a cross-departmental meeting yesterday to investigate methods to solve the problem. Government insiders studied the proposal made by New People’s Party legislator Regina Ip to designate milk powder as a reserved commodity. Under the plan, every cross-border traveler would only be allowed to carry two cans of milk powder.
Motion of thanks for Leung’s policy address may not pass
Today, LegCo will begin a three-day discussion of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s policy address. However, Leung’s policy address has been rated lower than those of the two chief executives that preceded him. Yesterday, Hong Kong University released the results of a public opinion survey that indicates that Leung’s rating has fallen to around 48 marks. Those who supported him as Chief Executive also dropped to 34 percent. Pan-democrats, who are unhappy with Leung, have expressed their opposition to the passage of a LegCo motion that would thank Leung for delivering his Policy Address. As a result, the motion will probably not pass.