70pc of voters under 30 support pan-democrat candidates
A survey of 450 young voters shows that 70 per cent would vote for a pan-democrat candidate, compared with 12 per cent who preferred Beijing loyalists. In a U-Focus survey, which interviewed 450 people aged 18 to 29, 34 per cent said they would vote for a candidate because of their ideas and platform. Thirty-one per cent they would vote for a candidate because of their past work. Of the respondents, 300 were registered voters and 220 voted in the Legislative Council election last month. Respondents were mostly from City University, Open University and Shue Yan University. University places and job opportunities were their biggest issues.
Young 'chief executives' issue their own policy address
Nearly 40 'younger chief executives' organised by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association drafted a 'mini-policy address' to present their views on Hong Kong's economic development, environmental protection, education and child rights policies. On economic policy, they said the government should include wealth management in school curriculums. The 'chief executives' also said government should enhance efforts to improve the city's air quality and protect its old trees. The association said the activity was aimed at rousing the attention of policymakers on children's rights and to allow the youngsters to take part in public affairs.
200,000 leave after holiday
About 200,000 people left the city by 5pm yesterday, the last day of the National Day 'golden week' holiday. The Lo Wu border checkpoint was the busiest with 76,575 visitors leaving.
DAB retains Yau Tsim Mong seat
A political journalist at the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po newspaper, Chris Ip Ngo-tung, 28, from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, won the by-election in the Jordan East constituency of Yau Tsim Mong District Council. The turnout rate was 25.68 per cent, with 1,975 people casting votes. Five candidates contested the seat left by the DAB's David Lau Chi-wing, who died in May at the age of 56.