When the tropical cyclone "Lion Rock" approached Hong Kong last weekend, the time when the No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal was issued by the Observatory caused controversy.
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Yau Tenghua, said in a meeting of the Legislative Council Committee today (11) that the Observatory's decisions are based on professionalism and science.
Some people believe that because the Observatory is subordinate to the Bureau of Commerce and Economics, all decisions of the Observatory are based on economics and commerce. Qiu Tenghua denied the relevant claims, "it is reasonable to understand that it is impossible to do so", and that the Bureau of Commerce and Economics does not participate in the Observatory. Scientific decision.
Chen Jianbo: Should not be too harsh on the Observatory
The Information Technology and Broadcasting Panel of the Legislative Council held a policy briefing today. Many Members were concerned about the arrangements for issuing rainstorm and storm warnings by the Observatory.
The Liberal Party Siu Ka-fai pointed out that many industries have reported to him that the way the observatory’s weekends are handled has made it possible for the owner to arrange employees to work. "He said with a smile: "The Observatory Department was too accurate before, and it must be inaccurate this time?"
The DAB Ge Peifan said, "I don't want to plug in the observatory." Because the observatory has always performed well, he believes that with the advancement of science and technology, the number of astronomical satellites has increased. He believes that the observatory can do better in dealing with extreme weather.
Chen Jianbo from the insurance industry said that last Friday (8th), in order to decide whether to hold the Finance Committee meeting as usual, he made a special call to the Observatory for inquiries. He believed that the society should not be too harsh on the Observatory. The Observatory’s decision is very difficult.
Shao Jiahui said that the Radio Hong Kong program "It's a lot more comfortable to see and see."
(Photo by Zheng Zifeng)
Qiu Tenghua: Every warning from the Observatory is life-threatening
Qiu Tenghua said that the observatory will hold a press conference later to answer questions from the public and society. He also thanked Chen Jianbo for his pertinent and fair evaluation of the observatory. He emphasized that the observatory is professional and science-based. Make any decisions in a responsible and professional manner.
The New Democrat Party Chairman Ip Liu Suk-yee said in a speech that she knew that the public "The Observatory was so important that some people opened the website to make a noise on the Observatory." However, she felt that it was difficult for the Observatory to follow public opinion and could only act on scientific data. He also pointed out that the Observatory was due to historical reasons. It belongs to the Bureau of Commerce and Economics, but believes that the Observatory has a greater relationship with climate change and the environment, and believes that the Observatory should be managed by the Environment Bureau.
Qiu Tenghua emphasized that the department will not serve other policy bureaus because it is subordinate to a certain policy bureau. He cited as an example that when serving as the director of the Environment Bureau, the Observatory also gave many opinions to the Environment Bureau on issues such as climate change. One policy bureau "does not deal with each other in old age" with other policy bureaus.
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