Carrie Lam refuses to comment as national security law passesLocal | 30 Jun 2020 9:56 am
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said today it was "inappropriate'' for her to comment on national security legislation for Hong Kong as a meeting in Beijing to discuss the law is still ongoing.
At a press briefing before her Executive Council meeting this morning, Lam said she understands that many citizens are concerned about the national security law, while there are many speculations in the past two days, but it is inappropriate for her to comment.
“I, alongside other principal officials, will explain the law to citizens with our greatest effort after the law is included into Basic Law Annex III,” Lam said.
This came minutes after sources in Beijing said the controversial national security law had passed with the National People’s Congress standing committee voting unanimously to pass the law on the final day of its three-day meeting.
She also said sanctions would not scare Hong Kong.
"We're psychologically prepared and I believe the country will also take countermeasures. The Hong Kong government will keep in step with the central government when it comes to countermeasures.''
Lam was speaking shortly after local media reported that the state legislature had passed the the draft law.
Lam acknowledged there had been widespread public speculation and concern regarding the legislation and she would comment once details were unveiled.
She said the law would be introduced through Annex III of the Basic Law.