Call for tougher sanctions for indecent content
Tougher punishment than a fine should be imposed for publication of indecent material, representatives of 22 concern groups told a Legco meeting yesterday in light of court action against the free tabloid Sharp Daily over 23 allegedly indecent articles. The tabloid's sexual, violent and gambling-related content was available to children to pick up on the way to school, they said.
Lawmakers seek help on deciding their pay rise
The Legislative Council's subcommittee on members' remuneration would write to the government to ask for a mechanism to decide lawmakers' pay, its chairwoman, Emily Lau Wai-hing, said. Members disagreed on whether their pay should be linked to that of bureau chiefs, as proposed, and she said it was up to the government to suggest a way to make a decision. Lawmakers also urged the government to approve pay rises for their assistants.
URA announces offer to Ma Tau Kok flat owners
The Urban Renewal Authority announced it would offer HK$8,939 per square foot of saleable area to 108 owners of properties slated for redevelopment in Pak Tai Street and San Shan Road, Ma Tau Kok. It said the offer was equal to the market value of a notional seven-year-old flat in the area.
Maxim's fined HK$1,600 for cockroach in bun
Maxim's was fined HK$1,600 after admitting in Eastern Court providing substandard food to a diner at a Causeway Bay restaurant - a cockroach-contaminated bun.