Rural heavyweight assures support for Carrie Lam

Local | 11 Feb 2019 3:23 pm

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Kenneth Lau Ip-keung said today that the powerful rural body will continue to be a "trusted ally" of the Carrie Lam administration, despite differences over some policies, RTHK reports.

Speaking at the Kuk's Lunar New Year ceremony attended by most top government officials, Lau said although the rural leaders have some complaints and disagreement with the authorities, they will continue to seek common ground.

"There is no perfect government. We understand the challenges faced by the administration, as you can never please everyone in politics," he said. 

"But as long as the government acts for the Hong Kong public, I guarantee the Kuk will continue to be your strongest backer and your most trusted ally." 

He also called on the government to put more resources into rural areas and to develop their infrastructure. 

If the government wants to redevelop brownfield sites, it has to properly resettle the existing occupants, Lau added.

Among the officials present were Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng.

Lam's push to find more land for public housing has brought into focus the rights of indigenous men to build a house in rural areas, and sparked calls for the government to review the privilege. 

But rural leaders have pushed back, alleging the authorities are using public interest as an excuse to erode their constitutional rights. -Photo: RTHK

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