The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, officiated at the opening of a Basic Law carnival, held at Kowloon Park, this (December 19) afternoon. Following is the transcript of his remarks to the media after the ceremony:
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: As far as I am concerned, I believe that in Hong Kong there are a variety of political parties, both old and new. There are also collections of independent candidates who are ready and willing to stand in the forthcoming rounds of elections to be held in 2011 and 2012. So far as the HKSAR Government is concerned, we believe that the decision we took in June this year to put forth a formula of "one person, two votes", this approach is entirely consistent with the overall interests of Hong Kong. The community has welcomed the further democratisation of the electoral systems for 2012, and we believe that the political parties would have considered all relevant considerations in the round before they took a decision to vote in support of the "one person, two votes" system in June this year.
(Please refer also to the Chinese transcript.)
Ends/Sunday, December 19, 2010
Basic Law Carnival (1)
The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, together with the Education Bureau, organised a Basic Law Carnival this afternoon (December 19) at Kowloon Park Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo shows the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam (centre), and the Principal Assistant Secretary for Education, Dr Cheung Kwok-wah (left), launching the event along with the Basic Law Ambassador, Mr Hins Cheung.
Basic Law Carnival (2)
Photo shows the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, speaking at the kick-off ceremony of the Basic Law Carnival this afternoon (December 19). Mr Lam took the opportunity to explain that under the Basic Law, Hong Kong had signed CEPA with the Mainland to the benefit of the HKSAR's economic development. The mini-constitution also provided for Hong Kong's further democratisation. Mr Lam encouraged the public to understand better the provisions of the Basic Law and their rights and obligations, so as to contribute to the nation and the community.
Basic Law Carnival (3)
Models show the winning designs of the Basic Law T-Shirt Design Competition.
Basic Law Carnival (4)
Members of the public enjoy participating in games at the carnival.
Basic Law Carnival (5)
Fama perform at the carnival.
Basic Law Carnival (6)
Singer Ella Koon gets involved at the Basic Law Carnival.
Basic Law Carnival (7)
Singer Juno Mak entertains the audience at the carnival.
Basic Law Carnival (8)
Singer Ken Hung performs at the Basic Law Carnival.