In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, 12:00am

Our jobs should be full-time, lawmakers tell government

Lawmakers have called on the government to help promote the role of legislators as a full-time job to attract new talent. The call came in a subcommittee meeting on Legco members' pay and expenses attended by the Director of Administration Elizabeth Tse Man-yee. Lawmakers from across the spectrum said pay reform should be made in the context of political development as a whole to attract more talent and to eventually seek election to the legislature. An independent commission is reviewing lawmakers' remuneration package and will make recommendations by the end of the year for the next legislators. Lawmakers are hoping for increased monthly pay, and medical and retirement benefits. They are paid HK$54,390, excluding operational and entertainment expenses and other financial help.

Councillor fears for her safety after torture threats

Civic Party district councillor Amy Yung Wing-sheung said she feared for her safety after being threatened with torture over a row related to Discovery Bay transport. Ms Yung filed a report with police on July 16 after she was threatened on the internet and in e-mails. One posting suggested she be placed 'in stocks on the plaza'. Ms Yung said she was being 'smeared' ahead of the district council elections later this year. She is the latest Civic Party member to receive threats. A knife and fork were sent to legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit in threatening letters after the chief executive election.

Activists accuse firm of targeting hepatitis B carriers

Dozens of activists from Hong Kong and the mainland protested outside a listed company, VTech Holdings, in Cheung Sha Wan against a recruitment policy they say targets hepatitis B carriers. Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Beijing-based Yirenping, a support group for Hepatitis B and HIV/Aids carriers, displayed signs and shouted slogans for two hours outside the technology firm's marketing office. A man from Hubei sued the firm in Dongguan in January after he was rejected for a vacancy last July for carrying the hepatitis virus.