In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am

Harbour group seeks judicial review over reclamation

The Society for Protection of the Harbour is seeking a judicial review over temporary reclamation work in Victoria Harbour. In July, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng Yu-wah proposed the reclamation work be carried out in the middle of the harbour opposite the Wan Chai waterfront. Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung said it would not cause permanent damage but the group argued the work would cause extensive harm.

Conservation activists to stand in election

Activists Helena Yuen Chan Suk-yee and Lilian Yue Man-tuen, who fought to preserve King Yin Lei mansion in Stubbs Road, have submitted their nominations for the Central and Western district council election. Mrs Yuen will run in Mid-Levels East, while Ms Chan will stand in University. Mrs Yuen is supported by incumbent Kwok Ka-ki, the lawmaker representing the medical sector. Dr Kwok has decided to concentrate his efforts on his Legislative Council work. Eighty candidates submitted nominations yesterday, taking the total to 389.

Hongkongers set sights on early retirement

Financial services provider Zurich International Life surveyed 400 of its customers and found many wanted early retirement, with the majority of men preferring to retire at 57 while most women said they thought 54 was the ideal age. Civil servants can only claim retirement benefit at 65, unless early retirement is approved. The company said Hong Kong people were becoming wealthier and more self sufficient, with many hoping to have the lifestyles they longed for at an earlier age.