Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am


Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco hopeful released from jail

People Power activist Wong Yeung-tat (pictured) is scheduled to be released from jail at 9 am, at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in Kowloon. Wong was sentenced in March for gate-crashing a public forum on by-elections. Earlier this month he applied to the judiciary to start serving his three-week term even though he is appealing against the conviction. Yueng told the court that he wanted to contest the Legco elections in September, which he would have been unable to do if still subject to a pending prison sentence.

Protests to accompany Eurovision finals

The Eurovision Song Contest finals will be held in the Crystal Hall in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. Taking advantage of the presence of foreign media, rights activists will draw attention to state repression. The opposition accuses the Aliyev dynasty, which has ruled Azerbaijan almost since the fall of the Soviet Union, of clamping down on dissent and jailing political opponents on trumped-up charges. Activists will hold rallies and go on hunger strikes, but fear a backlash once the music stops. More than 125 million people will be tuning in to watch the televised finals.

Marchers to commemorate June 4 crackdown

A march will be held tomorrow to commemorate the upcoming 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989. The organisers, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, say it will start at 3pm in Victoria Park and end at the government headquarters in Admiralty. The alliance said 2,000 people marched last year, with police putting the figure at 1,000. A candle-light vigil will be held on June 4.

Wine connoisseurs to get their fill

It's wine, wine and more wine with the second day of the Acker Merrall May Hong Kong auction of bottles of rare Bordeaux and exceptional Burgundy at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai. Wine connoisseurs can also look forward to the Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2012, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Singapore voters to give a verdict on reforms

People in an opposition stronghold in Singapore will vote in a by-election seen as a test of reforms launched by the People's Action Party (PAP), which has ruled for 53 years. The Workers' Party has held the rebellious ward of Hougang for 21 years. It is also the Lion City's first by-election since the PAP suffered its worst poll result 12 months ago. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's PAP was jolted by an all-time low of 60 per cent of all votes cast, with the opposition winning six seats in the 87-member parliament. The PAP holds the rest.

Constitutional crisis looms in Nepal

It is the deadline for Nepal's parliament to draft a new constitution in line with the peace accord brokered after the Maoist insurgency ended in 2006. Efforts to draft the document were in disarray after the deputy premier announced his resignation on Thursday. If there is no new constitution and no extension agreed by tomorrow, parliament will be disbanded ahead of fresh elections, creating a destabilising power vacuum.