In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 May, 2007, 12:00am

'Long Hair' plans Macau protest against Labour Day gunfire

Legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung will again test the nerve of the Macau government with a protest in the former Portuguese enclave. After failing to deliver a letter to Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah last week, the legislator will revisit the city today or tomorrow to denounce the police shots fired during the Labour Day rally. Mr Leung was denied entry to Macau in 2004, when he planned a protest in front of President Hu Jintao . No one from the Macau chief's office was available to receive the legislator's letter on May 4, so he had to give it to the office of the secretary for administration and justice.

Consultation planned on proposed public broadcaster

The future role of a new public service broadcaster, as recommended in a report by the Committee on Review of Public Service Broadcasting, will be subject to public consultation in the second half of the year, according to a paper sent to lawmakers. While the committee has disbanded, the government hopes to create a temporary post for 12 months to oversee the consultation process.

The committee's report, issued at the end of March, sparked controversy when it proposed a new public service broadcaster be formed from a clean slate, and omitted to suggest a future for Radio Television Hong Kong.

System to monitor EU-HK food and health issues to be set up

The European commissioner for health and consumer protection has agreed to a request by Hong Kong to draw up a system of dealing with issues related to food-safety monitoring and infectious-disease control, following a meeting with Health Minister York Chow Yat-ngok. Dr Chow was on a visit to Belgium, where he met European Commission and Belgian officials. He will attend the World Health Organisation's '60th World Health Assembly' in Geneva on Monday before returning to Hong Kong on Tuesday.