You Can’t Eat Out­side in Sai Kung

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A Sai Kung res­i­dent has launched an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to clar­ify the rules on din­ing al­fresco in the city. She was prompted to set up the pe­ti­tion after see­ing Food and En­vi­ron­men­tal Hy­giene De­part­ment staff is­sue a Sai Kung res­tau­rant a fine of $500 per head for ev­ery per­son seated out­doors—even those who were just wait­ing to be seated in­side. Cater­ing sec­tor law­maker Tommy Cheung says the gov­ern­ment’s li­cens­ing re­quire­ments are too strict, but an FEHD spokesper­son in­sists that the gov­ern­ment is bal­anc­ing the in­ter­ests of ev­ery­one in­volved. As of press time, the pe­ti­tion has re­ceived more than 1,100 sig­na­tures. Our take: If wait­ing out­doors gets you fined, may the gov­ern­ment have mercy on the lunch hour crowd. Dur­ing a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the group at­tached 200 GPS track­ers to bro­ken elec­tronic items in the US. It found that of the 65 track­ers that left the coun­try, 37 were ex­ported to Hong Kong—and just eight to the main­land.

Kong The group sug­gests that Hong

de­scrib­ing the city as “Leg­is­la­tors had ear­lier called on the gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate some 100 dump­ing grounds in the New Ter­ri­to­ries, ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of fail­ing to en­force its ban on im­port­ing haz­ardous waste. Our take: You know you have a prob­lem when main­land China is do­ing bet­ter than you.

Hong Kong is a ma­jor dump­ing ground for toxic elec­tronic ma­te­ri­als from the United States. Many of the items con­tain toxic ma­te­ri­als such as lead and mer­cury.

“has not en­forced the Chi­nese im­port ban as dili­gently as main­land China has done,” a new pol­lu­tion haven.”

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