The Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD), a pro-Beijing political group, claims to have collected more than 360,000 signatures in two days in support of the government’s political reform proposal.
The group has set up street booths across many districts since Saturday to garner support for the Beijing-backed political reform package.
The signature campaign, aimed at putting pressure on pan-democratic lawmakers to shed their opposition to the government’s plan, is scheduled to run for nine days.
Several senior government officials showed up to support the APD campaign.
Among them was Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who went to a Wan Chai booth to put down her signature, just hours after returning from a Europe trip Sunday morning, am730 reported.
Lam was quoted as saying that the political reform proposal has entered the final and most critical phase, and that it is important to solicit support from the public in the coming six to eight weeks.
Constitutional Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam and Education Secretary Eddie Ng also put their signatures, appearing at APD booths in Quarry Bay and Tai Wai, respectively.
The media was not informed in advance about the officials’ visits. But photos were released later on the government news service as well as by APD’s public relations machinery.
Justice Secretary Rismky Yuen said he will also express his support at one of APD’s stalls. Other senior officials such as Ko Wing-man, head of the Food and Environment Hygiene Department, and Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, said they will follow suit.
Meanwhile, in an incident at North Point, a man grabbed a pamphlet from National People’s Congress Deputy Maria Tam and tore up the document on the spot, the report said.
Tam was part of the group that was promoting the government’s political reform package. She is said to have been unfazed by the incident.
When asked why ID verification was being sought during the signature collection activity, Tam said she does not believe that people would sign multiple times just to boost the numbers.
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