Starry Lee asks for academic study on conflicts

Local | 12 Jul 2019 5:32 pm

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong chairwoman, Starry Lee Wai-king, says the government should engage academics to study the root cause of the extradition protests, and at the same time step up its efforts to reach out to the community, RTHK reports.

She made the remarks after members of the pro-government party held talks with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor today.

 Lam holding private meetings with various groups is not enough to facilitate communication, Lee said.

[Lam] should ask her team, as a whole, to engage the community at large. Because, you know, we are a big society and we have a lot of different groups. And actually views among groups are diverse, and they should have a team spirit to do that in order to let the society as a whole know that the government as a whole would listen to the general public,” Lee said.

She said her party had suggested that the government should assemble a group of scholars to conduct academic research into the deep-rooted conflicts in society and make recommendations on how to mend the rift.

Lee also commented on the “Lennon Walls” that are springing up across the city, saying she understands why people want to express their views, but urged them to “adhere to regulations” and not to take over public spaces for long periods of time.

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