Date
26 February 2020
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attends a session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attends a session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Carrie Lam says she must stay on as HK faces several crises

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that she can’t run away from her job as there are several crises to manage in the territory.

Lam told a gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos that she must stay on to tackle an economic crisis and a coronavirus scare, among other things, Reuters reports.

“It would be very easy to just run away from a situation. It’s very difficult to govern and implement policies. For those who understand the political structure, leaving that position vacant would only create more confusion,” she said, dismissing calls to step down in the wake of the months-long anti-government protests in the city.

“While people focus on what has happened in Hong Kong, what has not happened in the last months is massive bloodshed on Hong Kong streets…. A curfew has not happened. The gagging of the media has not happened,” Lam said.

The remarks contrast with comments made in August. In a recording obtained by Reuters Lam told a private meeting of business people that she had caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the protests crisis and that she would quit if allowed to do so.

Lam made the trip to Davos in a bid to reassure global investors that Hong Kong remains open for business despite the social disturbances.

“Nothing is more important than the rule of law”, she said.

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