|SCMA answers media question before constitutional development forum (with photo)
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, attended a forum organised by the Alliance for Constitutional Development this afternoon (January 24). Following is the transcript of his remarks to a media question before the forum (English portion):
The consistent position of the Government is that this exercise of introducing resignations in five geographical constituencies is unnecessary. The Legislative Council Members belonging to these two political parties can all decide to remain within the Council and to discuss the prospects of rolling forward democracy in 2012. If the two parties consider that the democratic progress for the 2012 package is enough to merit their support, they can vote in support of the package. If they have reservations about this package, we can continue to discuss and we will respect opinions from all sides. If they wish to pursue dual universal suffrage for 2012, they should remember that back in 2007, in dealing with the Green Paper public consultation, we had already taken fully into account public opinions. Therefore, these two political parties, in the light of public opposition expressed in this last row, they should really reconsider their exercise of resignation.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript)
Ends/Sunday, January 24, 2010
SCMA attends forum organised by Alliance for Constitutional Development
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, attended a forum organised by the Alliance for Constitutional Development this (January 24) afternoon to listen to views on the methods for selecting the Chief Executive and for forming the Legislative Council in 2012. Photo shows Mr Lam speaking at the forum.