Democrat chairman Ho nominated for super seat
The Central Committee of the Democratic Party agreed to nominate party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan to run for one of the five 'super seats' in September's Legislative Council election. The seats in the functional constituency for district councils are so called because three million voters citywide will have a vote on them, giving those elected a broader mandate than their colleagues. Party members can also nominate other candidates for the super seats, and a final decision on candidates will be made at a general meeting next month. The party had planned to have lawmaker James To Kun-sun and district councillor Andrew Wan Siu-kin compete for the seats, but Wan dropped out, saying he would put family matters first.
Lack of illegal-structure enforcement blasted
Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat criticised the government for the lack of enforcement action against illegal structures added to homes in the New Territories for the past 10 years. Rural committees should serve as middlemen between the government and villagers, Lee said. An estimated six months to three years will be required for all the illegal structures to be taken down.
Higher pay may mean shorter guards' hours
Working hours of security guards will be cut back if the minimum wage is raised to HK$33 an hour, according to a DAB survey. The party interviewed the owners' corporations of 52 buildings in Central and Western district, and 60 per cent said they expected they would have to cut costs by reducing guards' workings hours. Many people in other low-paid jobs have switched to being security guards since the minimum wage came in because guards' longer hours mean they can earn more.
Taxi associations push for quick rise in flag fall
More than 30 taxi associations called on the government to speed up its handling of their application for an increase in the flag fall. They want the starting fare for rides to rise by HK$2 on Hong Kong Island and Lantau and by HK$2.50 in the New Territories. The taxi owners claim a fare increase is necessary to combat inflation and rising operating costs, which they say have almost doubled since 2009. Taxi drivers oppose a flag-fall rise, and instead want to levy a fuel surcharge.
900 attend police recruitment event
Nine hundred aspiring police officers attended a recruitment event, up by 400 from a similar event last year.