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SCMA's response to media question

    Following is the transcript of the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam's response to a media question after attending the Legislative Council meeting today (July 10):

Reporter: Was the result last night a surprise for the Government? Will it cause any difficulties for the Government to implement the law?

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: The passage of the Race Discrimination Bill marks a major milestone in the provision of services and statutory provisions regarding anti-discrimination protection for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. We believe that with this piece of new legislation and other administrative measures to complement our work, we will have a new situation in Hong Kong whereby different ethnic groups will feel that they are better served. And we, as the Government, have every intention of creating the environment in which both Chinese and other ethnic groups will feel very much that they are part of this international community of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Thursday, July 10, 2008