New members join one of the leading bodies of China’s Communist Party, baby formula makes news and LegCo debates if they liked Leung’s Policy address. Another day in Hong Kong’s newspapers!
Five new faces to join the CPPCC Standing Committee
Yesterday, the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) met in Beijing to discuss new members. According to current Standing Committee member Chan Wing-kee, former Chief Executive Donald Tsang and current CPPCC delegate Lew Mon-hung will not be delegates to the new CPPCC. Other notable omissions include Wang Guangya, Director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and current CPPCC Second Vice-Chairman Liao Hui. However, sources from Beijing say that former Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang, Henderson Land Development Vice-Chairman Lee Ka-kit, Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations Lam Shu-chit, Phoenix Satellite Television Chairman Liu Changle, and Hospital Authority Chairman Anthony Wu will all be Standing Committee members.
Health official says government has a plan to ensure baby formula supply
Yesterday, several parents complained on TV about shortages of baby formula in Hong Kong due to excessive purchases by parallel traders. During the television program, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said that the current situation is far from ideal and that the government was considering a round of measures to resolve the problem. These measures include listing baby formula as a reserve commodity and controlling exports of the product. The government might also ask baby formula suppliers to better screen business customers by asking them to respond to telephone inquiries and to verify delivery times. Retailers might also have to take part in a goods-reservation system. Ko said that these measures would be announced within three days.
Pro-establishment lawmakers push to defend Leung’s Policy Address
LegCo held the first day of a three-day meeting yesterday to discuss Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s Policy Address. Although the Policy Address has received low marks from the public in public opinion surveys, pro-establishment lawmakers still tried their hardest to protect Leung. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said that the Policy Address was more activist than previous addresses. They praised the speech’s recommendations for supporting Hong Kong’s advantages and upcoming opportunities and for their ability to solve the problems of local citizens. Michael Tien, Deputy Chairman of the New People’s Party, praised Leung for his bravery and justice.