Hong Kong chief executive-elect Carrie Lam said she will pass the opinions of the pan-democrats on political reform to President Xi Jinping when they meet later this month, including objections to the decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee regarding how the city’s leader should be elected, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
But she said she is opposed to any changes to the Aug. 31, 2014 framework that was voted down by lawmakers in June 2015 and has no intention to relaunch it.
Lam, who is expected to visit Beijing before the end of the month to accept her official appointment as the Hong Kong chief executive, told TVB on Tuesday that she is obliged to reflect the public’s feelings about political issues.
Still, she said any such move must depend on reality.
Her comments came after more than 20 pan-democratic lawmakers jointly issued a statement last week calling on Lam to retract the white paper issued by Beijing in 2014 and ignore the Aug. 31 decision by the NPC and relaunch political reform.
Lam said that the fact that society is divided, especially between the pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps, keeps her from listening to demands from the former only.
Asked what she will focus on during the first 100 days after she takes office on July 1, Lam said her priority will be mending social divisions by gathering those who hold different political positions to express their opinions.
She said she will strive to strengthen mutual trust between society and the government from the first day.
In addition, Lam denied that she will be “CY 2.0”, or just another version of the sitting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and vowed to adopt a fresh governance style such as allowing each bureau chief to nominate their subordinates instead of relying on the recommendations of the Central Policy Unit.
Asked if she will seek a second term, Lam did not give a definite answer, saying only that the most important thing for her is to realize her platform as much as possible and set the course for Hong Kong.
Separately, Jasper Tsang, former president of the Legislative Council, told hk01.com that the best way for Beijing to show its support for Lam is to let her do her job without any interference so that “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy” can be convincing.
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