Tung Chee-hwa says time will tell security law doesn't affect freedom, rights

Local | 6 Aug 2020 5:17 pm

Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference vice chairman and former chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, said time will tell that the national security law for Hong Kong will not affect legal rights and freedoms enjoyed by the general public.

Speaking at an Our Hong Kong Foundation forum that was streamed online today, Tung said this year marks the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law, and that everyone should correctly understand the spirit of the mini-constitution.

Tung pointed out that "one country" is the prerequisite for "two systems" and the country's constitution is the foundation of the Basic Law, "executive-leadership" is the cornerstone of Hong Kong's success and "gradual and orderly progress" is the principle of political development.

He hopes that everyone will work together to safeguard the constitutional foundation of the SAR and promote the stability and long-term development of "One Country, Two Systems."

This is the first year of the implementation of the security law, Tung said, and it effectively prevents foreign anti-China forces from using Hong Kong as a base to destabilize the country.

He stressed that the law only targets a minority of criminals who endanger national security and that "time will prove everything."

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