The cost of cows is soaring – and milk powder is being rationed. These are the top stories making news in Hong Kong’s Chinese language newspapers today.
Hong Kong mulls offering new licenses to cow supply agents
The price of fresh beef is rising rapidly. Currently, it costs HK$100 per 500 grams. To attempt to bring down the price, the government is considering offering licenses to more agents that supply cows to Hong Kong. However, the industry has split views on the matter. Some say that opening up licensing will cause beef prices to fall by breaking up the current agent monopoly. Others say that, since the price of beef on the mainland is already high, lifting the monopoly on the supply of cows will not have much of an effect on beef prices.
Group’s revelation calls into question Beijing’s interference on national education
Yesterday, Parents Concern Group, one of the major social groups that protested the national education curriculum proposed by the government last year, published a book entitled Mums and Dads Go to Battle. The book offers a detailed account of the group’s protest activities and reveals that Scott Cheng Hei-huen, a former assistant of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, tried to set up a meeting between the group and the central government’s liaison office to discuss the matter. Cheng allegedly suggested that Leung was not the person that the group needed to speak to, causing some to suspect that Leung was only acting as a puppet of Beijing.
Children will not be exempt from baby formula export restrictions
Since the government set up a baby formula procurement hotline on Friday, there have already been 4,200 inquiries and reservations, and 2,300 reservation requests have already been forwarded on to suppliers. As for the government’s decision to restrict the amount of baby powder that individual travelers can take with them across the border, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man emphasized yesterday that the government had factored in the needs of Hong Kong parents when setting the export restrictions and had no intention of exempting child travelers from the rules. Ko said that parallel traders might exploit children if they were exempted.