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Date unearthed: National security director suspected to be caught at unlicensed spa during office hours

26 May 2021

FactWire’s investigation confirms that a raid was conducted on March 19 at an unlicensed massage parlour in Wan Chai which rumours say is where the Director of National Security was found, suggesting that the top officer might have been visiting an unlicensed, sexual massage parlour on a working Friday afternoon.

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Palace Museum Controversy

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The Belt and Road Initiative

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Third Runway

The Airport Authority’s third runway project may go over budget by importing marine sand from the southwest region of Guangxi in order to cope with a shortage of sand.

Lantau Tomorrow

The cost of purchasing enough fill materials alone for the government’s controversial 1,700 hectares reclamation project near Lantau Island could add up to $48b to $59.9b.

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Another discrepancy exposed: Shatin-Central Link project uses 8,000 tonnes more rebars than the contract amount

The amount of rebars actually used in the construction work under Contract 1112 in the Shatin to Central Link project outweighed what was estimated in the contract by about 8,000 tonnes, from the Highways Department’s response following FactWire’s detailed inquiry on the matter.

MTR confirms couplers used in Shatin-Central Link project is 44% more than contract-stated following FactWire’s report in Feb.

The Highways Department replied to FactWire last Thursday that, according to an assessment by the MTR consultancy, approximately 260,000 couplers were actually used for the Hung Hom extension works of the Shatin to Central Link project under Contract 1112. This is 44% more than 179,925, the amount originally specified in the contract.

Disciplinary forces connections cover over half of NSED open day visitors

FactWire found that public entries accounted for less than half of all the visitors to the disciplinary forces training schools open day held last week, in support of the National Security Education Day on April 15, 2021.

Scandal-plagued Shatin-Central Link’s contractor charged for just a 200 sq ft room

FactWire found that the government’s prosecution against the scandal-plagued Shatin to Central Link project’s main contractor concerns only a plant room of approximately 200 square feet, without mentioning the other exposed problems regarding rebars and coupler connections.

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