Written request to Rafael Hui to explain trip Lawmakers from the pro-democracy camp have written to Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, urging him to disclose details of his secret trip to Beijing last week. Democratic Party vice-chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan wrote to Mr Hui asking him to explain whom he met in the capital and the nature of his discussions. The party's legislators are due to meet Mr Hui during a meeting on August 19. Other lawmakers will today discuss the possibility of calling for Mr Hui to attend a special House Committee meeting. Public hearing planned on the future of RTHK A public hearing will be held as early as October to study the future of RTHK. Director of Broadcasting Chu Pui-hing yesterday said management was looking forward to more discussion on making the station a corporation. He believed the issue would be discussed during the public hearing. While this would not resolve all problems, it would improve the broadcaster's independence and flexibility, he said. Kowloon Southern link contracts awarded The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has awarded three construction projects for the Kowloon Southern Link to two contractors at a cost of $3.1 billion. The 3.8km railway, due to be completed in 2009, will connect Nam Cheong station, the southern terminus of West Rail with East Tsim Sha Tsui station of East Rail, enabling passengers to travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui East in 30 minutes. China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) was awarded two contracts to design and build tunnels from Nam Cheong station to Yau Ma Tei Ventilation Building, and from there to West Kowloon station in Jordan. The other contract was awarded to the Leighton-Balfour Beatty-Kumagai-John Holland joint venture to build tunnels from West Kowloon to East Tsim Sha Tsui station.