Youths sense of identity needs improving, Carrie Lam saysLocal | 4 Dec 2019 1:04 pm
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor used a speech to mark National Constitution Day today to warn that Hong Kong must "enhance a sense of identity" among its young people and civil servants, RTHK reports.
At a forum in Hong Kong attended by other officials including Beijing liaison office chief Wang Zhimin, Lam said the people of Hong Kong must understand the premise and basis of the 'One Country, Two Systems' arrangement and learn more about China's constitution.
"The constitution and the Basic Law form the constitutional basis of the Hong Kong SAR. We have to enhance education of these," Lam said.
She added that stopping the violence that has gripped Hong Kong for almost six months is the priority at the moment, but the SAR must also pay attention to civil servants and young people.
"We also have to enhance the sense of identity of civil servants as well as youngsters. Hong Kong has to, in accordance with the requirements under the One Country, Two Systems, improve the systems as well as the mechanisms."
Last week, the Secretary for the Civil Service, Joshua Law, said the administration is looking into whether it would be feasible to require government workers to take an oath of allegiance to the SAR.
Law also warned civil servants in November that if they are arrested on suspicion of taking part in unlawful public activity they will be suspended from duty immediately, even before any conviction.
In his speech at the forum, Wang Zhimin said that Hong Kong must firmly safeguard the constitution, implement the One Country, Two Systems principle "fully and accurately", and make sure that its legal system does not deviate from the constitution.