Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2023

Hong Kong’s John Lee says he will use ‘action’ over words to reach out to youth

Hong Kong’s John Lee says he will use ‘action’ over words to reach out to youth

Chief executive’s remarks in response to whether he would implement ‘reconciliation measures’ to build bridges after 2019 social unrest.

Hong Kong’s leader has said his administration will not attempt to dissuade others of their political views but would use “action” to elaborate on the government’s policy rationale as part of a wider effort to reach out to the city’s youth.

“Hong Kong is a diverse city and it’s normal for people to have different political views … Politics is like religion, when you believe in something it’s unrealistic to persuade you into changing your views,” Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu told a radio programme on Saturday.

“Therefore we shouldn’t try to change people’s minds but we should use action to let them understand the reasons we had done things in a particular way.”

Lee’s remarks were in response to questions on whether authorities would implement “reconciliation measures” as part of his “Youth Development Blueprint” to mend fences with the city’s young generation following the social unrest in 2019.

The blueprint, announced as part of Lee’s first policy address on Wednesday, is set to be revealed by the year’s end and aims to support a new generation of young people with an affection for mainland China and Hong Kong.

The chief executive on Saturday also said his administration would work to gain the trust of Hong Kong’s young generation and move towards a unified society, but stopped short of specifying what measures he would adopt.

“The measures to be rolled out won’t target a particular incident as things have happened and we should think about how to tackle our relationships in the future,” he said, referring to the anti-government protests in 2019.

“We’ll use action to narrow our gap so we can communicate. We’ll seek to gain their trust with the results of our action which will lay a foundation of mutual trust.”

Lee added that the blueprint also sought to support people under the age of 40 with their education, career development and purchasing homes.

One proposal floated by Lee earlier this week was expanding a youth hostel project to provide 3,000 additional living spaces over the next five years at 60 per cent of market prices, with all tenants to be required to perform community service to stay there.

On the radio programme, the chief executive also reiterated plans for the creation of voluntary teams in all 18 of the city’s districts to extend community care to those in need and support government-led responses to pandemics and other emergencies, such as typhoons and floods. He added that Tsuen Wan and Southern districts would be the first areas to participate in the initiative.

Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin, meanwhile, said the government would also strengthen its accountability framework for schools regarding the implementation of national education on campuses.

“Starting this academic year, the Education Bureau will adopt a ‘multipronged and coordinated’ approach … to bolstering the accountability of schools … and perfecting the planning and implementation of national education,” she told a press briefing that served as a follow-up to Lee’s policy address.

“We’ll strengthen the framework by holding schools to have more accountability and transparency to let the public and the parents know about what [schools] are doing on national education.”

The education chief also said schools would be required to regularly set goals for self-improvement and undergo evaluations, with any shortfalls to be recorded in official reports. Choi did not elaborate on what the consequences would be for schools that routinely failed to meet their national education targets.

Lee’s proposals from Wednesday also included a push to promote national education to the parents of pupils, with publicly funded schools to be required to hold at least one outreach activity aimed at parents every year.

Secretary for Education Christine Choi.


But Choi on Saturday said such activities would not be mandatory for parents.

“It is voluntary for the parents to join [those activities],” she said. “If they don’t have time to join, I don’t think there are consequences. But if the parents have time, we do encourage them to join their kids in the activities.”

Lawmaker Chu Kwok-keung, who represents the education constituency and also works as a primary school principal, said he believed the enhanced accountability system would not create additional work for teachers because institutions were already organising similar events.

“My school leads about a dozen talks and workshops a year. Some are about Chinese culture and traditional values. I don’t think it poses much of an issue,” Chu said. “I am unclear, though, whether those topics would be counted as relevant.”

The legislator added that the bureau had recently provided more funding for parent-teacher associations to hold more events, which could be reallocated to focus on activities related to national education.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
Close
0:00
0:00
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
Chinese search giant Baidu to launch ChatGPT like AI chatbot.
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
China is opening up for foreign investors.
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
China relaxes 'red lines' on property sector borrowing in policy pivot
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder
Vietnam removes two deputy PMs amid anti-corruption campaign
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
China’s recovery could add 1% to Australia’s GDP: JPMorgan 
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
China vows to strengthen financial support for enterprises: official
International medical experts speak out against COVID-19 restrictions on China
2 Billion People To Travel In China's "Great Migration" Over Next 40 Days
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
Flight constraints expected to weigh on China travel rebound
Billionaire Jack Ma relinquishes control of Ant Group
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
Teslas now over 40% cheaper in China than US
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
China seeks course correction in US ties but will fight ‘all forms of hegemony’, top diplomat Wang Yi says
China will boost spending in 2023
African traders welcome end of China’s Covid travel curbs
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
Preparations begin for Spring Festival travel rush
Domestic COVID-19 drug effective in trial
HK to see a full recovery, John Lee says in New Year message
Bargain hunters flock to last day of Hong Kong brands and products expo
Hong Kong aims for January 8 reopening of border with mainland China
×