New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee expressed her disappointment with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s maiden policy address on Wednesday.
“Those who are hoping for more democracy in Hong Kong would be disappointed” as the city’s leader did not mention that she will push forward any political reform in her speech, Ip told reporters.
“I would give this address 60 marks out of 100. Marks can be added if officials explain more in the coming days,” she said.
Lam should disclose more details about the “starter home” scheme, such as the level of discount for the housing units and how many people she expects to benefit from it, Ip said.
After Lam’s speech at the Legislative Council, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po told the press that the 151 initiatives rolled out in Lam’s policy blueprint were “totally affordable”.
He said proper spending can boost the economy and increase incomes, “as we have seen in the positive relationship between government income and economic growth in the past few decades”.
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