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CS visits Yau Tsim Mong District (with photos)

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited Yau Tsim Mong District this afternoon (September 11), touring Yaumati Kaifong Association School, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre and Red Brick Building as well as meeting with members of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council.

     Accompanied by the District Officer (Yau Tsim Mong), Mrs Laura Aron, Mrs Lam first visited Yaumati Kaifong Association School, where principal Ms Mimi Cheung guided Mrs Lam to view classroom activities and watch a student performance. Founded in 1966, Yaumati Kaifong Association School has some 400 students at present, with more than 90 per cent being ethnic minority children.

     Mrs Lam commended the school for encouraging students to take part in extra-curricular activities to realise their potential in different areas. Mrs Lam also talked with teaching staff and listened to their views on support services for ethnic minority students in schools outlined in the Policy Addresses. To tie in with the ongoing "Keep Clean 2015@Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign, Mrs Lam distributed cleaning packs to students to remind them of the importance of observing personal and environmental hygiene.

     Accompanied by the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Elaine Yeung, Mrs Lam then went on a walking tour to the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, which is a Grade 2 historic building, and the Grade 1-listed Red Brick Building. The Yau Ma Tei Theatre and Red Brick Building were built in 1930 and 1895 respectively. The Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only pre-World War II theatre that remains in the urban area. The Government announced in 2007 the revitalisation of these two buildings as a performance venue and back-up facilities dedicated to traditional xiqu, i.e. Chinese opera, providing budding Cantonese opera artists with venues for performance, rehearsal and training. Mrs Lam said the Government is devoted to conserving and revitalising heritage as well as promoting traditional Chinese opera. She said she is glad to see members of the public experience Cantonese opera in rich historic settings.

     Before concluding the district visit, Mrs Lam held a meeting with members of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council to listen to their views on district affairs and developments. Among these were building and street management, environmental hygiene, housing and urban renewal, traffic and transport, culture and sports, community facilities and district administration.

Ends/Friday, September 11, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:18


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