Date
26 September 2017
Chief Executive Carrie Lam (second from left) meets Democratic Party lawmakers at the Chief Executive's Office on Wednesday for Policy Address consultations. Photo: Information Services Department
Chief Executive Carrie Lam (second from left) meets Democratic Party lawmakers at the Chief Executive's Office on Wednesday for Policy Address consultations. Photo: Information Services Department

Democratic Party urges Lam to do more to shake off CY2.0 image

The Democratic Party said social rifts have not improved after the new government took office on July 1 but have become worse instead.

It urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to face up to the situation and govern the city in “fresher” ways, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Lam and seven members of the party, including chairman Wu Chi-wai, had a meeting on Wednesday after she announced that the annual Policy Address will be advanced to October to allow legislators to scrutinize the government’s policy initiatives and plans at the start of the legislative year.

After the meeting that lasted about an hour, Wu revealed that discussions mainly centered on governance and political issues.

According to Wu, party members told Lam that what she has done has not made people feel that she is not “CY 2.0″, referring to her predecessor Leung Chun-ying, when it comes to governance.

While acknowledging Lam’s efforts to win back public trust in the government, Wu said instances like several pro-democracy lawmakers being disqualified and some social activists being jailed have not helped her shake off the image.

To change that, Lam should be more proactive and adopt a newer approach to governance, Apple Daily quoted Wu as saying.

This includes restarting political reform, not enacting Article 23 of the Basic law before universal suffrage is realized, upholding “one country, two systems” and reopening Civic Square outside government headquarters in Admiralty.

In addition, the party questioned several appointments to the newly formed Task Force on Land Supply, saying most of them are from the establishment camp.

Lam was reportedly surprised to hear that the appointments to the task force were not impartial and defended herself by saying that all she wants is to do something about land supply.

As for the by-election planned to replace the disqualified lawmakers, the party suggested making it as soon as possible, and hoped the government would stay neutral.

Lam promised the government will never do anything to undermine election procedures.

Separately, political group Roundtable convened by lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun also submitted its proposals for Lam’s upcoming Policy Address to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on Wednesday.

It suggested the government increase housing supply through land reclamation and launch a scheme for first-time homebuyers who do not qualify for subsidized flats but also cannot afford private units.

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