Bureau rejects inquest recommendations
The Development Bureau has rejected two of the recommendations made last week by the coroner after the inquest into the deaths last year of four people in the collapse of a tenement in Mau Tau Wai Road, To Kwa Wan. It said the first - that both a building surveyor and a structural engineer be sent to inspect rundown buildings - would not be an effective use of resources. The second - to issue binding repair orders to owners without first issuing a non-binding advisory letter - was not practical because the bureau needed time to check ownership and prepare orders. Officials are to brief legislators at a subcommittee meeting today on plans to address the coroner's recommendations.
Woman charged over false bribery claim
A woman will appear in Kowloon City Court today charged with knowingly misleading an Independent Commission Against Corruption officer. Lam Yuen-na, 58, is accused of making a false report that a customs officer accepted a bribe from the proprietor of a Sham Shui Po shop selling pirated discs in February. Lam has been released on ICAC bail pending her court appearance.
Fuel charges to remain unchanged in September
The Civil Aviation Department confirmed passenger fuel surcharges levied by Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways would remain unchanged in September - HK$215 for short-haul and HK$1,042 for long-haul Cathay and Singapore flights, and HK$215 for all All Nippon Airway flights.
12 illegal workers and 15 bosses arrested
Twelve suspected illegal workers and 15 people suspected of employing them were arrested in a series of raids that started on Wednesday on 52 venues in Kowloon East, Kowloon West and Causeway Bay.