In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2007, 12:00am

Lawmaker receives threatening letter and paper cutter in mail

Lawmaker Lau Kong-wah, a vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, warned that Hong Kong would not tolerate violence after he received a threatening letter and a paper cutter in the mail yesterday. The one-page letter, hand-written in Chinese, contained what he described as 'very violent' words. He said the letter was addressed to him personally and was not related to the party. He refused to disclose details. Mr Lau said it was the first time he had received such a letter and that he had reported the case to the police. Mr Lau's office at Chung On Estate in Ma On Shan was the target of an arson attack late last month. He did not know if the two incidents were linked. Police have classified the case as criminal intimidation.

Commission to look at hi-tech

The Commission on Strategic Development's executive committee will discuss whether Hong Kong needs to build up its own hi-tech industries. In a paper to be discussed at the committee's meeting on June 14, members have been invited to give comments on issues concerning the capability of the city to develop hi-tech industries. The introduction of incentives to stimulate investment in research and development will also be discussed.

EC fisheries commissioner in HK

Visiting European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg has met health and environment ministers and the marine department chief to discuss bilateral relations. Mr Borg also addressed meetings of the Baltic and International Maritime Council.

Conference hosts chief justices

Twenty-nine chief justices from jurisdictions throughout the region are attending the 12th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific, being held in the city for the first time. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, in his opening remarks, said the principle of 'one country, two systems' had been successful and the city's common law system had continued to thrive over the past 10 years. The biennial conference, which was first held in 1985, will run until Thursday.