Morale-boosting pledge for police

Top News | Phoenix Un 12 Jan 2018

The chief executive says she has "deep feelings"over the great pressure police are enduring and she is disturbed they have become victims of smearing.

Carrie Lam opened her Legco speech by saying the government will submit 80 appropriation applications, involving work costing HK$130 billion, and creating 44,000 job opportunities.

She thanked the lawmakers for approving the motion of thanks for her maiden policy address in November.

And regarding a five-year-old girl's tragic death after being abused, she said the Labour and Social Welfare Bureau and Education Bureau would immediately start improving mechanisms to guard children from harm.

Legislator Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, asked the first question about controversies involving police, such as retired chief superintendent Frankly Chu's jailing for three months for beating a passerby during the Occupy protests.

Lam agreed that police are suffering from smear campaigns and hopes the public will not be influenced by such tactics.

"I have deep feelings about the great pressures police are suffering, and as the chief executive I will deal with the morale issue myself," she said.

She also said she will seriously consider Quat's suggestion that police enjoy priority in seeing doctors as they have a high rate of injury.

Lawmaker Helena Wong Pik-wan said it was "mission impossible" that Legco made co-location arrangement laws against the Basic Law in the local legislation.

"You are sacrificing everything for co-location - even though as the National People's Congress Standing Committee stated there is no clear legal basis. So how are you different from being a slave?" Wong asked.

Lam dismissed allegations that co-location harms the rule of law, saying "after the handover 20 years ago, some people still don't understand and accept the constitutional order, and judge the new order under the Basic Law with their own perspective."

Michael Luk Chung-hung asked about the outsourcing of public service, after the Hoi Lai Estate cleaning workers went on strike when their contractor did not make severance payments.

"The government should examine all the tricks of contractors exploiting workers," Luk said. "The government should reduce or even cancel outsourcing."

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