A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jim Gould

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Blank vote problems; no HK visitors for Macau

    On Friday's Backchat, blank vote problems  - and no HK visitors for Macau.

    The government is formally proposing to make it a crime for people to publicly urge others to cast blank or spoiled ballots, or not vote at all, as it unveiled a host of bills to amend local laws in line with the sweeping electoral reforms initiated by Beijing last month.
    It would also be a crime to obstruct or prevent people from casting a ballot. Both offences would be punishable by up to three years in prison.
    But can you outlaw inciting people to do something legal? Or is it like sex work in Hong Kong - where pimping is illegal, but prostitution isn't?
    And what is public? Facebook? Instagram? Signal? Talking to friends? Ronny Tong says we should stop looking for loopholes? Do you agree?
    From 9:15am-9:30am, we will be discussing the continuing ban for HK visitors to enter Macau without going through quarantine.

    8:30-9:15am Blank vote problems
    8:30am-9am phone Surya Deva, Associate professor, City University of Hong Kong’s School of Law
    8:30am-9am phone Michael Chugani, Veteran journalist and TV Host
    9am-9:15am phone Lo Kin-hei, Chairman of Democratic Party
    9:15-9:30am no HK visitors for Macau
    Phone: John Ap, Visiting professor and Director of Global Centre for Tourism,Education and Training, Macau Institute for Tourism Studies

    16/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    16/04/2021 - Blank vote problems

    16/04/2021 - No HK visitors for Macau


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    Blank ballots; Cruise to nowhere

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jim Gould

    On Thursday's Backchat, blank ballots,  and cruising to nowhere.
    Elections expert Ma Ngok said on Wednesday that if people were to call on voters to cast blank ballots in future polls this would be a form of electoral campaigning, but not an attempt to manipulate polls as officials have suggested.

    Constitutional affairs minister Erick Tsang said earlier in the day that organising, promoting or appealing for voters to cast blank votes could amount to election manipulation and sabotage – even though it is not against the law to cast blank ballots.
    He said voters have a right to decide how they cast their ballot, but calling on others to do the same might not be acceptable.
    What do you think? How should we uphold our civic responsibilities? 
    From 9:15am, we'll be discussing a proposed "cruise-to-nowhere" - plans to revive the local cruise business. Would you get aboard?

    8:30am-9:15am Blank ballot
    8:30am- 9am
    Phone Professor Ho Lok-sang, senior research fellow in the Pan Sutong Shanghai- Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute at Lingnan University.
    Lo Kin-hei, Chairman of Democratic Party, Chairman of Southern District Council
    9am-9:15am Phone Fred Li, former Democratic Party lawmaker, political consultant
    9:15am-9:30am Cruise to Nowhere
    9:15am-9:30am Phone Ronald Wu, Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents


    08/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    08/04/2021 - Blank-ballots

    08/04/2021 - Cruise to nowhere

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