What the local media says, January 19, 2013
Sunday, Oriental Daily
Golf carts on park patrol: blatantly flouting law for years
For decades, golf carts have been used to patrol public parks. But it was discovered only recently that this is illegal, after a police report was made about Leisure and Cultural Services Department staff driving carts in Chai Wan's Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village, posing a danger to park-goers. It was then revealed that, under the Road Traffic Ordinance, the Commissioner for Transport's approval is required for the use of golf carts on roads.
Monday, Apple Daily
Franklin Lam misquoted on immigrant perspective
Apple Daily has apologised to Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung for wrongly reporting that he had made discriminatory remarks about mainland immigrants during a closed-door forum. The erroneous report quoted Lam as saying: "I totally discriminate against new immigrants." But in the forum recording Lam played for the media to prove his innocence, he had actually said: "I totally do not discriminate against new immigrants."
Tuesday, Ming Pao Daily
Precious trees stolen from government-run reserve
Forty-four agilawood trees - valuable for their use in Chinese medicine - in the Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, Tai Po, which is managed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, have been felled and stolen. One of them was more than 30 years old and over 10 metres tall. Such cases in the city have surged 3.8 times in the past three years, the report said. The Conservancy Association, a local non-profit environmental organisation, called on the government to initiate action against the thieves before agilawood trees disappear in Hong Kong for good.
Wednesday, Oriental Daily
Girl, 9, dies after hospital delays treatment for viral infection
A nine-year-old girl suffering from an unknown viral infection died less than five hours after her admission to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. Her father complained doctors had classified the girl's case as less urgent despite a referral letter from her family doctor stating that she was in serious condition. He said the doctor had sneered at him for being too nervous about the child. She was not attended to until three hours later, but it was too late.
Thursday, Apple Daily
Nissin buys Fuku noodles, fans worry about change in taste
Nissin Foods, one of the city's leading instant noodles manufacturers, in October acquired its local peer Fuku Instant Noodle, whose noodle products invoke nostalgia among many Hongkongers. Many internet users have voiced concern that the taste of Fuku noodles might change after the acquisition, but a cha chaan teng restaurant boss appears to have no such worry, complaining instead of a short supply of the noodles recently.
Friday, Oriental Daily
Water Supplies Department mulls move to Tin Shui Wai
The Water Supplies Department said it had failed to find a suitable building to replace its current office in a prime Mong Kok location. The department said that after more than a year of searching it had failed to identify a factory building that matched its operational requirements, or one which came with a price tag that would be approved by the Legislative Council. It would study the possibility of building an office on a Tin Shui Wai government land plot instead.
Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung