Dialogue pledge moves ahead

Local | Jane Cheung and Amy Nip 17 Sep 2019

A "dialogue office" has been established under the Policy Innovation and Coordination Office, headed by former permanent secretary for Innovation and Technology Cheuk Wing-hing.

According to a memo, Cheuk will take charge of "coordinating dialogue platform programs initiated by the government and suggestions made by the non-government sector", a measure Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced last month to "find a way out" of protests.

This is part of four measures Lam announced this month: withdrawal of the fugitive bill; adding two members to the Independent Police Complaints Council; community visits by officials, including herself; and asking community leaders and academics to study deep-rooted societal problems.

Cheuk joined the government in 1981 as a police inspector and the administrative service in 1984.

He was Commissioner for Labour from 2010 to 2014 and permanent secretary for innovation and technology since the establishment of Innovation and Technology Bureau in November 2015.

He retired from the position in April.

400 district councilors have been invited to a "conversation session" at the central government offices tomorrow.

All Civic Party and Democratic Party district councilors have decided to boycott the meeting.

"If she (Lam) has the courage," said Civic Party's Yau Tsim Mong district councilor Andy Yu Tak-po, "there are a lot of people who gather and sing inside malls every night at 10pm. Head down there and you will hear the public's opinion."

Tuen Mun district councilor Yip Man-pan, from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the government is not sincere enough.

While he will still attend, he said it would be better if the government organized several meetings based on geographical constituencies.

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