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Politics and the Olympics; Basic Law Test for Civil Servants; Interview with Martin Lee (04 Apr 2008)

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The Olympic flame arrived in Beijing on Monday, with security tight at the airport amid concerns over protests. Around the world, certain individuals who had been slated to carry the torch have said they will not do so. China is concerned that unrest in Tibet, and other issues, may bring politics to the fore in this year's Olympics. But despite claims to the contrary, politics has long been an important part of the Olympics, and of sport in general. To increase public awareness of the Basic Law and encourage people to learn more about it, all candidates applying for civil service jobs advertised from 1 September 2008 will be tested. The test result will not affect a candidate's eligibility for a civil service job, and can be retaken if you fail the first time. Last week, legislator Martin Lee announced he will step down from the city's Legislative Council when his term ends in July. His supporters have called him the "father of Hong Kong democracy". Some mainland Chinese officials and their friends in the territory have had rather less flattering things to say about him. From 1985 -1989 he was a member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee, but was expelled after protesting against the 1989 Tienanmen Square crackdown. Since first being elected to the Legislative Council in 1985, Martin Lee has been returned by popular vote ever since. Martin Lee's in the studio with us tonight.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2008
Station: 
RTHK
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