Week of May 14

Week of May 14

You have probably heard these news terms being discussed in the papers or on TV. This is how to use them in English:

1. 公帑 - public money

An independent committee will look at claims Timothy Tong Hin-ming, the former head of the ICAC, spent large sums of public money entertaining mainland officials.

2. 修正 - amendments

Four radical lawmakers have filed more than 700 amendments to the budget bill in protest at its omission of a universal pension scheme.

3. 法定最低人數 - quorum

Under Legco rules, at least half of the 70 lawmakers must be present for a meeting to continue. The session must stop if this quorum is not met within 15 minutes of a summons.

4. 通緝 - wanted

Police said Occupy Central activist Melody Chan Yuk-fung was listed as a wanted person after multiple failed attempts to contact her to assist with investigations.

5. 制裁 - sanctions

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will not rule out imposing sanctions on Manila. There has been outrage in Taiwan after the shooting of a fisherman by Philippine forces.

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