CE required by Basic Law to take into account needs of all sectors and classes

     At an earlier interview with overseas media, the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, was asked about the meaning of "broad representativeness" of the Election Committee and the Nominating Committee. Mr Leung replied that since the design of the Basic Law requires the Chief Executive to take into account the needs of all sectors with equal importance, the design of the election has to achieve "balanced representation". Referring to his election experience in 2011/2012, Mr Leung cited the sports sector as an example to illustrate that although the population of the sports community is small, it is an important sector in the Election Committee. He had met with the sector on several occasions to better understand their needs. That is why in future, the Nominating Committee will comprise four major sectors to take into account the needs of all classes and sectors, instead of just the needs of the largest community.

     During the meeting with overseas media, Mr Leung confirmed that income disparity is one of the problems in Hong Kong. He repeatedly pointed out that among the five policy areas identified by the current-term government, poverty alleviation, care for the elderly and housing are closely related to the improvement of grassroots' livelihood. The re-establishment of the Commission on Poverty and the setting of the first-ever official poverty line demonstrate that the current-term government attaches great importance to the livelihood of the grassroots.

Ends/Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Issued at HKT 13:12