Carrie Lam says no plans to use emergency law again

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said she has no plans to use the colonial-era emergency law again for now, adding that it takes time to see whether a new law is effective.

Protests sprang up across the city after the Hong Kong leader invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at protests, with conviction carrying a maximum penalty of one year's imprisonment and a HK$25,000 fine.

Speaking to the media before the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lam also said she is "planning for some alternatives" to deliver her policy address, if she can’t do it at the Legislative Council next Wednesday.

"Whether I could do it in a normal fashion, that is, walking into the Legco chamber to read it out maybe for an hour or so, is not something that I could determine on my own, because it depends on the reception in the Legislative Council, especially among some non-pro-establishment members and also what will happen outside of the Legco building," she said.

"So we have to monitor the situation, and to plan for some alternatives to get that policy address out in the public domain." -The Standard / RTHK