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Controversies at Johannes Chan's appointment as pro-vice chancellor of HKU, discussion with Dennis Kwok & Ho Lok-sang, HKUSU annual election & withdrawal from HKFS, Parallel Importers in Tuen Mun & Sh (13 Feb 2015)

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On Wednesday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying invited members of the University of Hong Kong council to lunch, in his capacity as chancellor. That would not normally attract much attention, but pro-Beijing sources have made it clear they do not want the former Dean of the Law School Johannes Chan to be appointed pro-vice chancellor, the number two post in the university. The government, including the Chief Executive, have been accused of exerting pressure to make sure this doesn’t happen. It’s a claim they strenuously deny. Although Central Policy Unit member Sophia Kao says she may have discussed the appointment as a "hot topic" but couldn’t remember who with and under what circumstances. With us in the studio are Ho Lok-sang, Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies at Lingnan University, and legal sector legislator Dennis Kwok to talk about the implications. In part one we looked at a political controversy over staff appointments at the University of Hong Kong. But there are political developments in the student body too. Over the past five days, members of the HKU Students’ Union have been voting in their annual election. Also on the ballot is a referendum on whether the union should withdraw from the Hong Kong Federation of Students. It is the last weekend to catch up on your Lunar New Year shopping. You might expect crowds, a lot of noise, and almost lethal shopping trolleys, last weekend if you were shopping in Tuen Mun Town Plaza – there was another obstacle -police pepper spray.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015
Station: 
RTHK
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