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Oath-taking saga continues & discussion with Martin Lee, and follow-up on the Bridge Rehabilitation scandal (19 Nov 2016)


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The oath-taking saga continues and this week the High Court disqualified the two Youngspiration lawmakers, Leung Chun-hang and Yau Wai-ching. With us in the studio is senior counsel and member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee, Martin Lee. We did invite Elise Leung, Maria Tam both on the existing Basic Law Committee and senior counsel Alan Hoo of the Basic Law Institute, but all of them declined to come. Last month, the Department of Justice dropped charges against Cheung Kin-wah, the former superintendent of a home for the mentally disabled, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman under his care. The charges were dropped – prosecutors conceded that there was no lack of evidence - because the victim, was 21 at the time of the offence and said to have the mental capacity of an eight year old. However she was considered unfit to testify. The recent case led to a public outcry and demands for legal and social welfare sector reforms to safeguard the rights of disabled people in care homes. This week, social welfare and concern groups filed a petition with the Equal Opportunities Commission asking the government to set up a special task force to look into the matter and review the Disability Discrimination Ordinance. that’s it from us for this week. And just to remind ourselves that leadership problems are hardly confined to Hong Kong or the US for that matter, we’ll leave you with images of a mass protest in Seoul last Saturday where hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye, who has been accused of influence-peddling and corruption.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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