New website riddled with 'social' errors

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 4:34am

The revival of the Commission on Poverty may be good news for the poor, but the commission itself appears somewhat poor in its ability to communicate its objectives effectively. That was the impression its new website gave viewers when the commission mistranslated the names of some of its task forces.

The social security and retirement protection task force was called the social "society" and retirement protection task force; Council of Social Service business director Chua Hoi-wai - who chairs the special needs groups task force - was listed as leading the "social" needs groups task force; and businessman Dr David Wong Yau-kar was listed as chairman of the "social" engagement task force instead of the societal engagement task force. Perhaps some of the commission's members would like to take a fresh look at their website. Colleen Lee


'New bridge to go with new airport runway'

Now that the airport is likely to get its third runway, what other massive projects can we come up with to boost the construction industry? Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai, chairman of the Beijing-loyalist Dashun Policy Research Centre, believes that building a second Tsing Ma bridge would be a good idea. The former engineering-sector legislator raised the suggestion in a briefing about the think tank's expectations of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address, to be delivered next Wednesday. Ho said the existing bridge - one of the world's longest suspension bridges - would be clogged by traffic after the additional runway was completed, hence the need for a new bridge.

The Airport Authority earlier estimated that a third runway would cost HK$130 billion and bring HK$900 billion worth of economic benefits.

An environmental assessment for the project is expected to be completed in about two years. Tony Cheung


Politician plans to visit Liu Xiaobo's wife

After mainland activist Hu Jia's surprise visit last month, Liu Xia , wife of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, may soon have another visitor - a Hong Kong delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Lew Mon-hung. Lew suggested he might visit Liu in Beijing in March. On Monday, he slammed her house arrest as "unreasonable and illegal". The remarks suggest another change of stance for the once staunch supporter of Leung Chun-ying, whom he criticised for naming "substandard" politicians to the Executive Council. Tony Cheung