Carrie Lam lays Legco path for district councilors to take oaths, opens door to overseas doctors
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive has announced plans for five major legislative amendments today, including one that will require district councilors to take oaths pledging their allegiance and another allowing qualified overseas doctors who were Hong Kong citizens to be registered in the city.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor today spoke on her first Legco meeting of the new year, saying the government will also table bills to improve fire safety standards in old residential buildings and draw up legislations over rent control in subdivided flats.
Strengthening privacy laws, eliminate doxxing and the spread of false information will also be on the list of the five major legislative amendments, according to Lam.
The Hong Kong leader said the legislative amendment for district councilors to take oaths pledging allegiance to the SAR government and the basic law has entered the final stage, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs chief will table the bill to Legco after the Lunar New Year.
Regarding the plan of opening doors to overseas doctors to practice in the city, Lam stressed that the qualified doctors must be Hong Kong citizens, and must first work at public health institutions for a specified period before taking up private practices.
As for the legislation to combat doxxing and the spread of false information, Lam said authorities are looking into criminalizing the act of doxxing, and will table the bill within the current legislative session.