In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, 12:00am

Journalist's health failing in prison, says wife

The health of Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong, imprisoned in Guangdong, has deteriorated, his family said yesterday. He was experiencing an irregular heartbeat nearly every day, whereas previously the problem occurred only several times a year, his wife, fellow journalist Mary Lau Man-yee, said. She was speaking two weeks after paying her sixth visit to her husband in a Guangzhou prison. Ching, 56, formerly chief China correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times, was transferred there from Beijing in January to serve five years for spying for Taiwan.

Transport secretary rides KCR line ahead of opening

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng Yu-wah rode a train on a test run from Fo Tan to Lok Ma Chau as part of a tour to look at final preparations for the commissioning of the Lok Ma Chau spur from the KCR's East Rail line to the border. Accompanied by James Blake, chief executive of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Ms Cheng toured the arrival and departure halls at Lok Ma Chau, where immigration and customs facilities and shops are ready for the spur line's opening next week. She also visited the bridge across the Shenzhen River linking Lok Ma Chau with the mainland's Huanggang border post in Futian.

Finance minister visits Malaysia

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah met leaders of Malaysia's financial sector on a visit to the country. He discussed bilateral financial co-operation with Second Minister of Finance Nor Mohamed Yakcop, and Deputy Finance Minister Ng Yen Yen.