No deadline spelled for HK to change national flag lawsLocal | 18 Oct 2020 8:19 pm
Amendments to the national flag and emblem laws will come into effect next year, but no deadline has been set for Hong Kong to introduce the changes in the city, National People's Congress deputy Tam Yiu-chung said today.
The standing committee of the legislature passed the amendments to the national laws on Saturday. According to the amendments, acts that impair the dignity of the national flag and the national emblem will be prohibited.
The national flag must not be discarded, hung upside down, stuck upside down, displayed, or used in any other manner that undermines its dignity.
Upon his return from Beijing, Tam said the amendment will come into effect in January. But there was no mention when the SAR government should finish amending the local laws.
Asked if lawmakers opposing the amendment would be regarded as not supporting the Basic Law, Tam said he did not want to make a guess.
The laws were listed in Annex III to the Basic Law on July 1, 1997, and were applied in the Hong Kong SAR by way of legislation through the enactment of the National Flag & National Emblem Ordinance.