Carrie Lam awaits 'necessary conditions' for Article 23 laws

Local | 28 Aug 2018 11:54 am

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor has once again ruled out any immediate steps to implement Article 23, saying it is too early to talk about it.

Some pro-Beijing parties and leaders had recently called for quick action to enact the article, which the SAR is obliged to implement under the Basic Law, citing the case of the Hong Kong National Party and its call for independence.

The Macau SAR government, which enacted its own national security laws in 2009, on Monday set up a national security committee chaired by their Chief Executive, Fernando Chui Sai-on, to oversee the matter.

Speaking before the weekly Exco meeting, Lam said any government or government official has an unavoidable responsibility to ensure national security and a country's territorial integrity. But she said it is too early to talk about setting up such a committee here when the city has yet to enact Article 23 of the Basic Law.

"Our primary responsibility is to find the right opportunity and create the necessary conditions for us to put into effect the local legislation before we need a committee to ensure the legislation is effectively enforced," she said.

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