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Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

Lawmakers call for better governance

The government is a “one-man-band” where different opinions are not tolerated, said lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun during a debate of a non-binding motion calling upon the administration to improve governance.
The lawmaker said many top officials told him in private that they dare not or do not want to express their own opinions, which have led to blindspots in many policies, having their heads in the clouds.

“Some heads of bureaus and departments are also afraid of bearing responsibilities, they will only pass on what their bosses thought and said whenever I ask them anything. I think this culture must be improved,” he added.

Another lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun criticized Hong Kong’s health chief Sophia Chan Siu-chee and Under Secretary for Development Liu Chun-san, saying she was unsatisfied with their performances, especially when replying to questions in Legco meetings.

She said some government officials have turned a deaf ear to lawmakers’ comments and suggestions.

Meanwhile, New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said the government is at fault for not restoring the SAR’s constitutional order and political system.

“Authorities have allowed people to disseminate false information, including the theory of the separation of the three powers. They have also failed to educate people on the correct understanding of the principle of political neutrality of civil servants,” said Ip.

In response, Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government has long been working on monitoring online disinformations and has scaled up efforts to clarify rumors and speculations.

He also said government officials will continue to listen to the views of lawmakers and citizens in a humble manner, stressing that the government values communications between various bureaux and departments.
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