Home affairs chief links cultural understanding with identity
Home affairs secretary Tsang Tak-sing said yesterday enhancing the understanding of Chinese culture was a key way to strengthen national identity among the younger generation. Speaking at an Asian cultural co-operation forum, Mr Tsang said Hong Kong had made an effort to better appreciate Chinese culture since the end of colonial rule. He said the recent expansion of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement with the mainland to cover performing arts and show business agencies would facilitate cultural exchanges.
Lawmaker accuses government of misleading public on vote
Independent legislator Kwok Ka-ki attacked the government for making one-person-one-vote in 2012 a 'non-option'. Speaking in RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, Dr Kwok said the government was misleading people by asking them how many candidates they would like to see in the chief executive election under universal suffrage. He feared that the nominating committee was a tool to screen out hopefuls opposed to Beijing. But the accusations were dismissed as groundless by a government spokesman. The spokesman said it was important for the public to have an idea of the scale of the election they would play a part in.
Public forum to discuss boundaries for Legco poll
A public forum on the electoral boundaries of next year's Legislative Council election will be held on Thursday at the office of the Electoral Affairs Commission. The watchdog has suggested keeping the existing delineation of the five geographical constituencies, but proposed moving one of the five seats in Kowloon East to Kowloon West to reflect population changes. The provisional recommendations fully complied with the relevant statutory criteria, the commission said.