Lam defends unannounced district visits by top officials

April 30, 2015 15:16
Carrie Lam (R) and Chan Ka-keung, secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, launch a campaign to win public support for the government's political reform package. Photo: HK government

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam on Wednesday defended unannounced district visits by senior officials to promote the government's political reform package.

Asked why the media was not being informed in advance about the district visits, Lam cited concerns that a large media contingent might hamper the work of the officials.

If there were too many journalists and camera persons tagging along, it could prevent the officials from making direct contact with the public, Lam said, according to Ming Pao Daily.

In defending the efforts of officials, including herself, Lam said the government's work on political reform has been highly transparent.

But the priority at the moment is to explain the reform package to the public, she said. 

While seeking public views, what the administration wants to do is to let people understand the importance of passing the political reform plan in the shortest possible time, she said.

After visiting Sham Shui Po Tuesday night, Lam, accompanied by her senior subordinates, continued promotional campaigns on Wednesday in Lai Chi Kok and Lok Fu.

The media was not informed about both visits.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has criticized the unannounced trips, saying the press has a right to know as it needs to keep the public informed of key issues.

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