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 (September 22):

Reporter: Mr Chief Executive, last week we had Mainland scholar Rao Geping saying local judges have a poor understanding of the Basic Law. And three days ago, we had former Chinese official Chen Zuoer saying Hong Kong has yet to carry out decolonisation according to the Basic Law. So first of all, can we conclude that the Basic Law is not being fully implemented and observed? And secondly, exactly how should we avoid de-Sinofication and exactly how should we decolonise Hong Kong?

Chief Executive: We should follow the Basic Law. There are altogether 160 articles in the Basic Law. They are not difficult to understand. I highly recommend everyone who is interested in the topics that you just raised to read the Basic Law thoroughly. Essentially, the Chinese Government resumed exercise of its sovereignty over Hong Kong on the 1st of July, 1997. Hong Kong, as a Special Administrative Region, has a high degree of autonomy but at the same time, it has responsibilities to the country as a whole. Similarly, Hong Kong people have basic rights and duties. So, it is a question of following the Basic Law and striking a balance between rights and duties and also our high degree of autonomy and our responsibilities to the country. Thank you.

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

Ends/Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Issued at HKT 10:31