Lawmakers approve further HK$4b for Sichuan quake relief Lawmakers approved an additional injection of HK$4 billion towards the reconstruction of Sichuan following the earthquake last May. This takes the government's total contribution to HK$6 billion. The money is expected to be used primarily for the construction of education, medical, and rehabilitation and social welfare facilities, as well as projects related to the Wolong Nature Reserve. Funding was approved unanimously with a show of hands, although there were questions as to why Hong Kong should need to contribute so much in the current financial climate while Beijing was still flush with cash. MPF cash injections approved Workers earning HK$10,000 a month or below will receive an injection of HK$6,000 into their MPF accounts in March and April, after lawmakers approved the initiative at a Finance Committee meeting yesterday. The HK$9 billion scheme was announced in last year's budget. However, with the onset of the economic crisis some members said the money would be better used to create jobs or be put directly into the pockets of those in need. Cultural exchange deal signed The governments of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong have signed a five-year co-operation agreement on cultural exchange initiatives. The document, titled '2009-2013 Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Exchange and Co-operation Development Plan', covers seven areas of collaboration: performing arts, talent training, internet cultural platforms, library resources, museums, intangible heritage and creative industries. Rare fellowship for HK scholar Scholar Jao Tsung-I, 92, has become the first Hong Kong academic to be awarded a fellowship of the China Central Research Institute of Culture and History. Professor Jao was presented with the award at the University of Hong Kong on Thursday. Premier Wen Jiabao officiated at the original ceremony in Beijing on January 16. The professor, unable to attend due to his advanced age, was formally given the honour in Hong Kong by Li Gang, a deputy director of the central government's liaison office.