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To Protect and Serve
This week saw the District Council sentence seven policemen to two years in prison for their role in the assault of pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Kin-shiu during the 2014 Occupy protests, with detective constable Chan Siu-tan receiving an extra month for slapping Tsang twice at Central Police Station. The whole case has re-ignited tensions between pro and anti Occupy camps, with many backing the policeman. The whole case has undoubtedly tarnished the Hong Kong Police’s usually solid reputation.
John Tsang, generally accepted as the underdog in the race for the Chief Executive position – despite his general popularity – has rejected speculation that the central Government in Beijing would refuse to appoint him should he win. Tsang stressed his impressive record as finance chief – and “really good handshakes” with Xi Jinping – as established signs that Beijing already trust him and could very well appoint him.
In a public address this week, Chief Executive candidate (and likely eventual winner) Carrie Lam promised more affordable homes, billions more spending on education, and tax cuts for small businesses. It was a purposeful shift thematically, with Lam stringently avoiding contentious political issues in a bid to win over some of John Tsang’s supporters by addressing more socio-economic issues that affect everyday Hong Kongers.
Out of the Frying Pan …
Following a firebomb attack at Tsim Sha Tsui station last week that injured 19 people, the MTR Corporation will set up an investigation panel to probe the incident. MTR Chairman Frederick Ma was tearful as he addressed media this week, stating that no new additional measures – such as security checks on passengers – would be introduced as it was a single incident and the inconvenience on passengers wouldn’t really be worth it.
After last week’s reveal of Hong Kong being the world’s most visited city, another plaudit came the SAR’s way this week. Hong Kong still leads the world in economic freedom ahead of Singapore, according to the Heritage Foundation’s index. The territory has now topped the index for 23 years in a row. The gap between the SAR and Singapore is also larger, with Hong Kong’s score up 0.8 to 88.6. New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan ranked after Singapore, all of which saw their scores increase.
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