Date
17 August 2017
Former chief secretary Henry Tang says the government should communicate more with the public, particularly over the closing of Civic Square. Photo: HKEJ
Former chief secretary Henry Tang says the government should communicate more with the public, particularly over the closing of Civic Square. Photo: HKEJ

Open up about the Civic Square wall, Henry Tang tells Leung

Former chief secretary Henry Tang has criticized the government for its sudden decision to fence off its headquarters, saying it will erode public faith in the government.

The government announced last week that it will block access to the so-called Civic Square outside its Tamar headquarters in Admiralty between 11pm and 6am, citing security grounds.

But Tang said even if the area was being fenced off to stop protesters storming the new government complex, an open government should have explained the decision to the public earlier, Apple Daily reported Monday.

“If you don’t communicate, the situation will be like today. People are very skeptical about the building of this wall,” said Tang, who lost the chief executive race to Leung Chun-ying in 2012.

Tang also called on the administration to improve communication with the public after the high turnout for the July 1 demonstration. March organizers said a record 510,000 took part in the event but officials put the total closer to 100,000.

Tang, who was the secretary for commerce, industry and technology when 500,000 protesters took part in the July 1 march in 2003, said: “I was a government official at that time, and I was feeling very anxious.”

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