News briefs from Hong Kong

AS a sign of the changing times, between 50 and 70 fresh graduates and school-leavers from Hong Kong will be recruited for on-the-job training at factories in Guangdong – reversing decades of tradition of mainlanders seeking jobs in the territory. 

According to South China Morning Post, the recruits will take up posts in research as administrative assistants, engineering and management trainees and technicians. 

After a six-month trial, good recruits might be offered permanent jobs and a pay rise.  

Stanley Lau Chin-ho, the president of the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, which is behind the programme co-organised by the Labour Department, said a strong industrial base in the delta region could offer excellent development opportunities.  

A HK$10mil (RM4.92mil) haul of Ecstasy pills was found strapped to the waist and thighs of a Hong Kong man when he returned from France on Wednesday. 

The 30,000 tablets, described by police as high quality, were equivalent to about one-third of the entire amount of the drug seized last year.  

South China Morning Post reported that police believed that the pills were destined for local discos and bars. 

The 47-year-old suspect was arrested in the luggage collection area at Chek Lap Kok airport when he returned to Hong Kong at 11am.  

Each pill would cost HK$300 (RM146) to HK$350 (RM170) because of the high quality compared to HK$30 (RM14.60) for low quality Chinese Ecstasy pills. 

A JEWELLERY salesman’s kind-hearted decision to teach a Pakistani woman how to use chopsticks at a restaurant in Kowloon cost him dearly when his briefcase containing gold ornaments worth HK$300,000 (RM147,600) was switched for one with plastic bottles. 

It was reported that the 48-year-old salesman was approached by a Pakistani couple who shared his table at the restaurant on how to use chopsticks while he was having his lunch at 2pm. 

The victim believes it was while he was doing so that the man, aged about 30, switched the suitcases.  

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