Pleased with calm in the city, Carrie Lam aims to fix mistakes in societyLocal | 28 Aug 2020 3:00 pm
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said she will spend the next year or two "rectifying mistakes" in society, including strengthening the education of both students and their parents, as well as monitoring civil servants, RTHK reports.
In an interview with the pro-Beijing Phoenix TV on Thursday night, Carrie Lam said she is extremely relieved that the national security law has restored peace in the city and brought back the "familiar Hong Kong.''
However, she said she's "heartbroken" to see thousands of young people arrested for their participation in anti-government protests over the past year.
Lam said there is a need to strengthen students' knowledge about the country, adding that efforts will also be made to boost the education of parents.
“Because it is very wrong for parents to attend rallies or even violent protests with their children,'' she said.
Lam also highlighted the need to better monitor civil servants and adopt a zero tolerance approach towards any anti-government behavior.
In terms of the media, Lam said while there's room for their coverage to be more objective and fair, it won't be easy to "rectify their mistakes" as Hong Kong is an open society and the Basic Law promises freedom of the press.
She called on media firms to manage themselves and adopt a more impartial approach.
Meanwhile, Lam once again lashed out at the US government for imposing sanctions on her and other principal officials over the national security law, calling Washington "unreasonable".
When asked if her family – especially her younger son who was studying at Harvard University – was affected, she simply said her family is very understanding.
“They understand and are willing to make some sacrifices,'' she said.
The Hong Kong leader also spoke of her recent decision to renounce her honorary fellowship at Cambridge University, saying she had never cared about such honors in the first place.
“When the university offered it to me, the Dean of the college told me that the fellowship would be conducive to strengthening ties between Cambridge and the country,'' she said.
“It was only after hearing them mention ‘the country’ that I decided to accept the fellowship,'' Lam said.