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The Correctional Services Department announced that it launched its official WeChat account today to disseminate information on custodial work, rehabilitation and community education programmes. The WeChat account was rolled out to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment and the 40th anniversary of the renaming of the Prisons Department as the Correctional Services Department, it said. This is the department’s latest official social media platform in addition to its YouTube and Facebook pages. Apart from providing another channel for Hong Kong citizens to learn more about the department’s work and development, the WeChat account also reaches Mainland residents with a view to strengthening connections and interaction between the two places, the department added. Look up “HKSARCSD” on WeChat or scan the QR code to follow the account.
One more Hong Kong resident who had sought help from the Immigration Department is returning to Hong Kong from Thailand, the Security Bureau said today. The assistance seeker returned to the city with the aid of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Chinese Embassy in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand, the bureau’s dedicated task force and the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Bangkok. So far, 17 assistance seekers have returned to Hong Kong under the task force’s co-ordination. The bureau urged people to contact the Immigration Department as soon as possible if they know or have received information of victims in need of help. They may use the WhatsApp hotline 5190 8909, contact the department’s Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline by network data via the department’s mobile app or submit an Online Assistance Request Form.
The Transport Department announced today that it is testing an automatic traffic enforcement system at the two road sections of Queen's Road Central in Central and Hoi Yuen Road in Kwun Tong in collaboration with Police. The system comprises CCTV cameras and associated equipment to be installed at suitable lamp posts at such road sections for traffic surveillance, the department pointed out. Video analytics, artificial intelligence and vehicle licence plate identification technologies will be used for real-time analysis of vehicle movements and the recording of roadside traffic offences and licence numbers of offending vehicles. During the testing period, the videos and data collected will be used for training and testing of the system as well as for optimising the system's settings and evaluation of its effectiveness. The system is being installed at three locations with no-stopping restriction. Such locations include Queen's Road Central near Pedder Street, Queen's Road Central near Ice House Street and Hoi Yuen Road near its roundabout to Kwun Tong Road. The department explained that the system will strictly comply with the requirements in the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance with the CCTV cameras to be adjusted to cover the road sections concerned. Furthermore, the system will only identify licence plate numbers and has no facial recognition function. Only video records capturing offences will be output and the records will be immediately deleted from the on-site equipment if no offences are identified. All data collected will be encrypted, the department added. Banners and notices will be put up at appropriate locations of the aforesaid road sections during the period to remind drivers the automatic traffic enforcement system is under testing. The testing is expected to be concluded within six months. Upon completion, the department will review the system’s effectiveness and discuss the way forward with Police.
The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12. According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases. The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid. It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates. In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption certificates previously issued by the doctors concerned as proof of the holders being unsuitable for receiving COVID-19 vaccination. The Health Bureau and the department have also referred the relevant cases to the Medical Council for follow-up. Members of the public holding a medical exemption certificate issued by the relevant doctors may consult other doctors to ascertain whether their physical condition is unsuitable for receiving the COVID-19 jab. Having considered that people may need time to consult other doctors, the medical exemption certificates issued by those seven private doctors will be deemed invalid from October 12.
Police’s National Security Department today arrested two men suspected of publishing posts on social platforms to disseminate seditious messages. It noted that the messages promote feelings of ill-will and enmity between different classes of the Hong Kong population and incite the use of violence. The arrestees, aged 18 and 29, are suspected of doing an act or acts with seditious intention in contravention of sections 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance. Electronic communication devices which were used to publish seditious messages were also seized after officers conducted searches at the arrestees’ residences with a court warrant.
Chief Executive John Lee today officiated at the “Together We Prosper” grand parade at the Fire & Ambulance Services Academy in Tseung Kwan O where participants included the disciplined services, auxiliary services and nine youth groups. Organised by the Security Bureau, the event was held to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Addressing the ceremony, Mr Lee said colleagues from the disciplined services are at the forefront to maintain law and order and stressed that they protect the lives and property of Hong Kong citizens with selfless dedication and work tirelessly to prevent and suppress acts endangering national security. He added that the auxiliary services strive to support the regular disciplined services to contribute to the stability and order of society together. Lauding the commitment of the disciplined services and auxiliary services in various types of anti-epidemic work, Mr Lee pointed out that they are the most steadfast in the city’s anti-epidemic team. In addition to emphasising that he was delighted with the participation of different youth uniformed groups in the grand parade, the Chief Executive said he hopes they will become a new generation with a sense of responsibility and an aspiration and willingness to strive for the future of the country and of Hong Kong. Opening the grand parade, a flag-raising ceremony featured a performance by the Police Band, singing of the national anthem by the youth groups and a fly-past by Government Flying Service helicopters. This was followed by a joint Chinese-style foot drill by the disciplined services, the first joint performance since the disciplined services adopted the Chinese-style foot drill. There was also a military tattoo and music performances, demonstrations of enforcement operations with working dogs, as well as dragon and lion dances and military boxing performed by the youth groups under the disciplined services together with two cadet groups.
The Education Bureau today announced that 65 government schools will be the first to launch a series of joint school activities under the theme of "Love Our Home, Treasure Our Country" in the 2022-23 school year. The bureau held the "Love Our Home, Treasure Our Country" - National Day Celebration and Government Schools Joint School Activities Kick-off Ceremony today. It noted that the joint school activities aim to deepen students' understanding of Chinese history and culture and cultivate in them a sense of nationhood and national identity. Officiating at the ceremony, Secretary for Justice Paul Lam pointed out that, in addition to learning about the laws that are relevant to them through life experiences, young people need to have a proper understanding of the three most important laws for Hong Kong, namely the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law. He said that the nurturing and deepening of law-abiding behaviour on the part of teenagers is intertwined with other areas of education, and pointed out that it ought to be done subtly and gradually so that they will learn to respect and obey the law as a matter of course. Mr Lam stressed that the rule of law is one of the most important cornerstones of Hong Kong's success. Everyone should abide by the law for the benefit of oneself, others, the Hong Kong community and the nation. Citing the important speech delivered by President Xi Jinping on July 1, which stated that "Hong Kong will prosper only when its young people thrive; Hong Kong will develop only when its young people achieve well-rounded development; and Hong Kong will have a bright future only when its young people have good career prospects", Mr Lam highlighted that fostering and strengthening the law-abiding awareness of young people is a key element for them to thrive. Its success will have important implications for the stability of Hong Kong's future, and the steadfast and successful implementation of "one country, two systems". Mr Lam added that the Department of Justice will continue its efforts to promote education on the rule of law. Also attending the event, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said that students can experience the meaning of National Day by participating in various forms of celebration activities during the coming National Day holiday. She pointed out that "Love Our Home, Treasure Our Country" is the vision of talent development and the cornerstone of the successful implementation of "one country, two systems". To create a positive learning atmosphere, all government schools will adopt a whole school approach to systematically plan school-based national education activities and joint school activities in the 2022-23 school year in accordance with the National Education - Event Planning Calendar issued by the bureau in August. Apart from strengthening a collaborative culture among government schools, the activities will offer opportunities for sharing good practices with other schools, thereby promoting professional exchanges, she added. The bureau encourages school sponsoring bodies to make reference to the government schools’ joint school activities and support their sponsored schools to organise joint school national education activities according to their vision and characteristics. It also appeals to school councils and school heads associations to connect with member schools to organise theme-based national education activities on key dates to lead students to understand the history and culture of the country, nurture students to become lifelong learners who are able and virtuous, with a sense of responsibility, vision and love for their home and country and build a better future for Hong Kong and the country. About 160 participants, including government school principals and vice-principals, as well as representatives of secondary and primary school councils, school heads associations and school sponsoring bodies, attended the event.
Customs today arrested a director of a bakery chain who was suspected of engaging in wrongly accepting payment in the sale of cake coupons or gift vouchers, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. It explained that the bakery chain concerned suddenly announced on September 13 that it had suspended its business. As a result, Customs said it has been paying close attention to the closure and called on the people affected to provide information. As at 10am today, the department had received 104 complaints regarding the bakery chain, involving 5,300 cake coupons or gift vouchers amounting to about $270,000. After an investigation, it was revealed that customers who had purchased cake coupons or gift vouchers were unable to redeem the products concerned nor receive any refund of payments after the bakery chain's sudden closure. Customs officers therefore arrested a 55-year-old male director of the bakery chain. The arrestee has been released on bail pending further investigation, the department added. Traders are reminded to comply with the ordinance, while consumers are advised to procure cake coupons or gift vouchers at reputable shops and think prudently before consumption with a prepayment. People may report suspected violations of the ordinance by calling Customs' 24-hour hotline at 2545 6182 or sending an email.
Hong Kong residents born in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 should apply for a new smart identity card at a smart identity card replacement centre from October 7 to December 10, the Immigration Department announced today. The identity card replacement exercise covers all Hong Kong residents, be they permanent residents or non-permanent residents who are permitted to take up employment, make investments, reside or study in the city. Bookings can be made online, on the department’s mobile app or by calling the 24-hour hotline at 2121 1234. Applicants may take up to two people with disabilities to replace their identity cards together. Call 2824 6111 for enquiries.
One more Hong Kong resident who had sought help from the Immigration Department has safely returned to Hong Kong from Thailand, the Security Bureau said today. The individual concerned came back to the city with the aid of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the bureau’s dedicated task force. So far, 16 assistance seekers have safely come home under the task force’s co-ordination. The bureau urged people to contact the Immigration Department as soon as possible if they know or have received information of victims in need of help. They may use the WhatsApp hotline 5190 8909, contact the department’s Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline by network data via the department’s mobile app or submit an Online Assistance Request Form.