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Concern over Ming Pao’s sudden dismissal of
Keung Kwok-yuen (On Yu)

Dear Members,


On the early morning of 20 April, Ming Pao dismissed, with immediate effect, Executive Chief Editor, Mr Keung Kwok-yuen (pen name: On Yu 安裕). This was extremely shocking. Ming Pao is one of the major newspapers that enter school campus. It is a newspaper for teachers. It is also a newspaper for students. This incident has undoubtedly dealt a severe blow to the education sector’s confidence in Ming Pao. HKPTU has already issued an open letter to Ming Pao’s Editor-in-Chief, Mr Chong Tien-siong, to express concern over the incident and to convey HKPTU’s hope that he would reconsider the decision of dismissal and clarify the incident to members of the public.

On Yu is a widely respected newspaper man. His articles have all along been welcomed by Liberal Studies teachers. Editor-in-Chief Chong Tien-siong explained that it was only because of the need to cut cost that On Yu was dismissed. Hardly is this explanation acceptable. Besides, the dismissal came at a time when Ming Pao and other media organisations had published stories from the ‘Panama papers’ about Hong Kong’s political and business dignitaries setting up offshore companies and stories about nationality disputes. The timing has prompted suspicion as to whether On Yu’s dismissal was related to the publication of these stories. The incident smacks of press freedom and editorial autonomy of the mass media being interfered with. Freedom of the press is a core value of which people in Hong Kong have all along been proud. Whether editorial staff are able to speak their mind is an important indicator of the embodiment of press freedom.

I will continue to follow up the matter and I would urge you to continue keeping a close watch on the incident. If you have any comments, please email them to [email protected].


Legislative Council Election and Chief Executive Election Committee Subsector Election will take place in the second half of this year. The deadline for voter registration is 2 May. HKPTU sincerely invites you to register as a voter. Cherish your civil right and seize the opportunity to elect the best candidate to voice for the education sector and the community and to strive for the well-being of teachers, the education sector and the community. Voter Registration

Urging fellow co-workers to register as voter of
educational constituency immediately
Urging the HKU Council to clarify on the speech of Arthur LI in media briefing
Urging for speeding up the handling of
lower-than-standard school premises
Snapshots Speeches

Urging fellow colleagues to immediately register as voters
of the education sector

12 April Press conference for urging professionals to register as voters

Legislative Council Election and Chief Executive Election Committee Subsector Election will take place in the second half of this year. Voters of the education sector have voting rights in both of these elections.

While the education sector is the functional constituency with the largest number of voters, the number of registered voters has been falling: from 95,787 in 2011 to 88,517 in 2015, a drop of 7.6% in the short space of 5 years.

For those of you who have not yet registered, may I urge you to do so before the registration deadline of 2 May? For those of you who shifted to the functional constituency of District Council (Second), you could consider shifting back to the functional constituency of Education. Otherwise, you will not be able to exercise your voting right in the election of members of the Chief Executive Election Committee to be held towards the end of this year.

Voter Registration

 

Calling on the Council of HKU to clarify Arthur Li’s remarks made
at a press conference

I wrote to HKU’s Council urging it to clarify the remarks made by Professor Arthur Li at the Council’s press conference on 28 January. In its reply, the Council conveyed Professor Arthur Li’s explanation that the remarks made at the press conference were purely his ‘personal’ views.

Hardly is such a response acceptable. How could remarks made by the Chairman of HKU’s Council at a press conference of the University be his ‘personal’ views instead of the official stance of the University? I have, therefore, written to the Council again, requesting that the Council seriously consider the incident and respond to eight specific queries.

The open letter in full (including Appendices)

19 April Press conference of HKU Alumni Concern Group

Calling on the Government to improve sub-standard school premises


10 April Inspecting the situation of toilet pipe leakage seeping to the school office below

Recently, I have continued to visit different types of sub-standard school premises, including a 60-year-old ‘elderly school’ and a ‘heavily overcrowded school’ comprising solely of six classrooms. During the visits, I even witnessed, in two of the schools, toilet pipe blockage leading to leakage of toilet pipe liquid seeping down to the ceiling of the school office below. I also saw fans hanging precariously from the ceiling of classrooms. I could readily feel how teachers and students in such sub-standard conditions feel about their safety. Obviously, government’s procrastination over the years in the handling of sub-standard school premises is unacceptable!

I will follow up the problems mentioned above and urge the Education Bureau to, soonest possible, solve problems confronting sub-standard school premises, so as to enable our children to grow up in a safe and decent environment.



I have hung banners in all districts in Hong Kong to urge the government pay attention to the problem

Cable TV programme (Sunday 有理講): Problems confronting our education

I attended a Cable TV programme (Sunday有理講) on 3 April and discussed the implementation of Hong Kong’s education reforms in the past 16 years, the significant changes to quite a number of education policies, whether or not the medium of instruction policy has had a labeling effect on our students, and problems arising from the commercialization of self-financed tertiary education.

Attending a memorial service for Professor Bernard Luk Hung-kay

I attended a memorial service for Professor Bernard Luk Hung-kay held at HKIEd on 8 April. Watching video clips showing Professor Luk’s work at HKIEd – including his contributions towards enhancing the Institute’s status, how he struggled to resist the authorities’ brutal interferences in institutional autonomy and academic freedom and how he epitomized the integrity expected of a scholar – evoked fond memories of Professor Luk in the deep recesses of my mind.

Hosting a reception for students
visiting the Legislative Council

On 14 April I hosted a reception for kindergarten students in the Legislative Council and introduced to them the Council’s operation. I invited them to, by a show of hands, indicate their support or otherwise for me to serve as a Legislative Councillor. I got 10 votes in favour and 2 votes against. While I was thinking that such a rating was not bad, a girl came out to compete with me. She got 13 votes in favour, which meant a disastrous defeat for me by a 5- or 6-year-old kindergarten student! As the saying goes, children are not to be bullied!

Visiting Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School

On 18 April, I attended the open day of the Hong Kong Student Aid Society’s Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School and its Shek Pik Hostel. I enjoyed students’ wonderful performances and introductions. Particularly interesting was their introduction about the little insects they kept. I am grateful to the school for its warm hospitality and hope that the school will, when it moves to its new premises, continue to provide quality special education for students in need of it.


House Committee
IP Kin-yuen: set up a select committee to inquire into the incident of CY's power abuse (15 Apr 2016)

Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
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