Date
22 August 2017
Emily Lau (in yellow) and other democrats have urged Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (inset) to arrange meetings with central government officials to discuss Hong Kong political reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ
Emily Lau (in yellow) and other democrats have urged Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (inset) to arrange meetings with central government officials to discuss Hong Kong political reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ

Pan-democrats seek meetings with central govt officials

Eighteen members of Hong Kong’s democratic camp met the city’s chief secretary Carrie Lam on Wednesday and urged her to set up meetings with central government officials before the National People’s Congress makes a decision on Hong Kong political proposals by the end of August.

Lam welcomed the democrats’ willingness to communicate with the central government, but said that time is short and that arrangements may not be easy to make, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The meeting yesterday lasted for over 180 minutes. Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau said the pan-democrats felt it is necessary to let the central government know that there will be a huge uproar from the people of Hong Kong if political reforms are not carried out.

Lau hoped that Beijing would collect more opinions from various parties and delay the decision-making on the proposals related to the 2017 chief executive election until after August. As per the current schedule, China’s parliament is expected to announce a decision by the end of next month.  

Lam reiterated that, while no guarantees can be made, she will fully convey the pan-democrats’ wishes to the central government.

The pan-democrats also requested the Hong Kong administration to submit a supplementary report to the central government to outline Hong Kong people’s desire for a revision of the election procedures for the city’s legislative council, including the abolishment of functional constituencies.

However, the proposals were rejected by Lam at the meeting, saying there is no basis to make such requests, the report said.

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