Car­rie Lam vis­its Hong Kong dis­tricts, prom­ises bet­ter liveli­hood op­tions

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Hong Kong: AFP

Hong Kong’s em­bat­tled leader Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wed­nes­day vis­ited three sub­ur­ban dis­tricts to talk to res­i­dents and in­spect the dam­age at a Po­lice sta­tion – reach­ing out to a neigh­bour­hood for the first time since her ad­min­is­tra­tion plunged into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis with protests over the now-aban­doned ex­tra­di­tion bill.

In a press re­lease is­sued af­ter the visit, she pledged to roll out more mea­sures to im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hood in her up­com­ing pol­icy speech in Oc­to­ber.

With­out any prior no­tice, Ms Lam was seen in Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long and Tai Wai. Her move was met with mixed re­sponses – some wel­comed the at­tempt to reach out, while oth­ers called it a pub­lic­ity stunt. Images cir­cu­lated on­line showed Ms Lam talk­ing to busi­ness op­er­a­tors and shop­pers in Tai Wai Mar­ket. She also set foot in a park in Tin Shui Wai.

Her un­ex­pected public ap­pear­ance with Health Min­is­ter Sophia Chan Siu-chee was not of­fi­cially con­firmed un­til her of­fice pub­lished a press re­lease in the evening.

The re­lease said Lam had checked out a site in Tin Shui Wai ear­marked for a gov­ern­ment-run wet mar­ket.

Lo­cal res­i­dents had ear­lier com­plained there was no mar­ket­place sell­ing cheap gro­ceries.

Later, the chief ex­ec­u­tive also in­spected im­prove­ment works at a mar­ket in Tai Wai.

Be­fore go­ing to Tai Wai, she also vis­ited Tin Shui Wai Po­lice Sta­tion, which was van­dalised by ex­tra­di­tion bill protesters ear­lier this week, to see the ex­tent of the dam­age and meet the of­fi­cers on site.

She was quoted as say­ing: “I will put for­ward more mea­sures to im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hood in the up­com­ing 2019 Pol­icy Ad­dress.

A public con­sul­ta­tion on the pol­icy ad­dress is un­der way and peo­ple are wel­come to give their views.”

The press re­lease men­tioned that a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the op­er­a­tion of public mar­kets was a highlight of Lam’s maiden pol­icy ad­dress in 2017.

Sha Tin dis­trict coun­cil­lor Li Sai­hung, of the op­po­si­tion party Neo Democrats, said he only learned of Lam’s ar­rival from stall op­er­a­tors at the Tai Wai mar­ket.

“I was told she ar­rived around 1pm. That was a quiet time in the mar­ket. Per­haps she chose the time to avoid meet­ing too many peo­ple.”

Li said the dis­trict coun­cil was not told about Ms Lam’s visit.

Hong Kong chief ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam in­spects the site cho­sen for a public mar­ket in Tin Shui Wai on Au­gust 8, 2019.

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