City Digest, October 29, 2012
CY too aggressive on policy, says lawmaker
The administration of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was too aggressive in pushing its policies, industrial sector lawmaker Lam Tai-fai said yesterday. Citing the proposed old-age allowance as an example, Lam told a TVB programme: "Making a concession would not be a cowardly act. In contrast, it can show that the government adapts to changes in society when needed." His remarks came as lawmakers are divided over whether to support the government's funding request for the scheme, with many opposing the requirement that applicants pass a means test to be entitled to the allowance.
Police impersonator robs woman
A 53-year-old man was arrested in Tsuen Wan after threatening a 33-year-old woman with what appeared to be firearm and robbing her. The man approached the woman on Sha Tsui Road at about 11.20am claiming to be a police officer and showing a "revolver". As the woman was removing her identity card from her wallet, the man grabbed HK$100 and fled. The victim gave chase, and police later caught the alleged thief. Police said the weapon was a revolver-shaped cigarette lighter.
MTR fares consultation extended by two weeks
The public consultation on a review of the MTR Corp's fare-setting mechanism has been extended by two weeks to mid-November.
Three hurt fighting fire at convention centre
Three security guards were slightly injured fighting a small fire in a stall in the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai at about 9am. They were treated at Ruttonjee Hospital.