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Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo meeting (with video)

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, at a media session before the Executive Council meeting this morning (June 16):

Reporter: Mr Leung, after the LegCo vote on in the coming days, what will the Government's next step be? Will any more efforts be spent on the political development after that? And secondly, how worried were you about the alleged bomb plot that was uncovered yesterday?

Chief Executive: I shan't comment on the details of the case. The Police are carrying out an extensive and in-depth investigation into the case. But I shall reiterate a position which I take, which everyone in Hong Kong should take too, and this is we don't tolerate any kind or any form of illegal activities, whether it is violent or non-violent. And we definitely should not legitimise illegal activities, whether they are non-violent or violent.

     As to the question on what the Government would do after the votes are counted in LegCo sometime this week, obviously it will depend on the outcome of the vote. If it is passed, then it will be a question of the Government enacting or amending the relevant laws in Hong Kong to allow all the 5 million eligible voters in Hong Kong to have the right to vote for the Chief Executive in universal suffrage for the first time in Hong Kong's history.

     If it's not passed, as I've said many times previously, I believe we have spent enough time and effort over the last two years on the question of universal suffrage and we should re-focus and re-deploy our time and energy on other matters. We cannot carry on indefinitely in an exercise which the pan-democrats seem to be determined to make it entirely futile for the Government and for the community of Hong Kong.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:55


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