City Digest, December 10, 2012
72-year-old man dies in fire at home
A 72-year-old man died in a fire in his public housing flat on Kai Yip Estate, Ngau Tau Kok, yesterday. About 25 residents were evacuated when the fire, which was declared suspicious, broke out at 5.30am. Firemen broke into the flat and found the man unconscious. He was declared dead at United Christian Hospital.
Vote on allowance 'reflects public's view'
The approval by Legco's finance committee of a new old-age allowance reflected public opinion, the chairman of the Community Care Fund's executive committee, Dr Law Chi-kwong, said. Discussion of a long-term universal pension scheme, one of the main issues facing the Poverty Commission, needed to take place, he added.
200 ride to protect Tai Po cycle track
More than 200 cyclists rode from Sha Tin to Tai Po in protest against a proposal by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong for Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, to be widened by removal of the bike path. The Transport Department has said it has no plan to remove it.
No quota for low-fee beds, says minister
A quota for low-fee beds would not be imposed on any new land granted for private hospital development, health minister Dr Ko Wing-man said. Instead, the bureau would suggest a percentage of beds be reserved for "packaged services".