In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 12:00am

Unemployment is the big concern in HK

More than 40 per cent of people say unemployment is the most pressing problem the Hong Kong government has to solve, according to a survey by New Century Forum. This is followed by a need to improve the economy and a change of governance. Nearly 1,500 people were interviewed for the survey. New Century Forum, a non-profit organisation that studies government policies and makes policy recommendations, said the government had not balanced all the interests of society when making policies. It urged officials to listen more to public views.

Mooncakes and lanterns for jailed dissidents

At least 20 activists yesterday demonstrated in front of the Central Government Offices to call on Hong Kong authorities to ask the central government to release jailed dissidents. The protesters from the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement in China handed out mooncakes and paper lanterns to a government representative and asked for them to be passed on to the dissidents so they could celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Discrimination watchdog may set up tribunal

The Equal Opportunities Commission is considering setting up a tribunal to hear and give judgment on complaints, the new head of the government watchdog on discrimination Mr Justice Michael Wong Kin-chow was quoted as saying. Mr Justice Wong has held talks with the Civil Human Rights Front, whose spokesman Roddy Shaw Kwok-wah said setting up a tribunal would represent 'big progress' in the fight for equal rights. Under the present system people with complaints have to go through lengthy and often costly civil lawsuits.

Tung invited to session at Chinese University

The student union of Chinese University has invited Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to attend a question and answer session with students and teachers next month. The union said Mr Tung should attend the meeting because he had promised to listen to the public. A decision has yet to be made on the invitation.