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Transcript of remarks by Acting CE at media session before ExCo meeting (with video)
     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Acting Chief Executive, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, at a media session before the Executive Council meeting this morning (January 23):

Reporter: The meetings that she will be attending in LegCo aren't really targeting at the scandal that she is in right now. When is she going to the LegCo to answer specifically to this question? And also, how can the public tolerate this any further on the excuse that she is simply too busy? How can this not affect the Government's reputation or image?

Acting Chief Executive: I think Ms Cheng (Secretary for Justice) has already made a media statement last Sunday evening. And she has also publicly apologised for the inconvenience and concern caused to the community and she stands ready to go back to LegCo. In fact, she will be appearing in LegCo tomorrow for an oral question and also, of course, she has undertaken to attend the LegCo Administration of Justice and Legal Services Panel meeting on the 26th of February. And also she pledged if her consultation with stakeholders can be completed earlier, she stands ready to attend the meeting earlier. So, I think she is pretty keen to establish a rapport with LegCo members.

Reporter: How does it affect the Government's image at this point do you think?

Acting Chief Executive: I think we mustn't link the two together at the present stage. Ms Cheng has already made it clear that she was not sensitive enough in handling the matter. And she is certainly doing her best to rectify all the problems, particularly the illegal structures concerned. OK?

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Issued at HKT 12:24
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