Budget consultation comic book to be published tomorrow (with photo)

     A consultation comic book to encourage young people to express their views about the upcoming Budget will be published by the Financial Secretary's Office tomorrow (January 14).

     The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, said: "We are conducting consultations on the 2010-11 Budget. Young people are the future leaders of our community and their interests in public affairs should be cultivated.

     "To encourage them to make suggestions for the Budget, we have decided to produce a comic book again this year, after introducing this format of consultation for the first time last year."

     The main character of last year's comic book, Yat, has moved on to another stage in life and will continue with his extraordinary adventure through time and space. He and other characters in the story will have to face the aftermath of a stressful time and are confronted with different options in deciding on the next step forward.

     They will eventually realise that adopting a prudent approach to today's situation will provide a solid foundation for future growth.

     "I hope the story will inspire readers to reflect on Hong Kong's current economic situation and the issues we have to deal with," said Mr Tsang.

     Published in Chinese with a print run of 30,000 copies, each comic book will come with a bookmark showing a cartoon image of Mr Tsang.

     The comic books will be distributed to secondary schools across Hong Kong. Limited copies will also be available from the Public Enquiry Service Centres of the Home Affairs Department after tomorrow, on a first-come-first-served basis. An online version will also be uploaded onto the Budget website (www.budget.gov.hk) at the same time.

Ends/Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Issued at HKT 16:01