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Checkpoint agreement threatens Basic Law

HONG KONG (SE): A spokesperson from the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong said the newly approved joint checkpoint arrangement for the cross-border rail link shows a total disregard for the spirit of the Basic Law and the promise of One country, two systems.
 
On December 27, the National People’s Congress approved a plan to enforce national laws in part of the West Kowloon terminus for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.
 

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On the train but off the rails

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Legislative Council (LegCo) has been told by the chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, that the leasing of space at the Hong Kong terminus of the Express Rail Link connecting the city with Guangzhou on the other side of the mainland border may have gone ahead whether it passed a non-binding bill or not.
 
However, critics from the pro-democracy seats in the LegCo say that this may see Hong Kong on the train but off the rails, as the arrangement could be used to usurp law in the city.
 

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Gloom at religious gay talk

HONG KONG (UCAN): The chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, got a few unhappy reactions to her gay talk at an event organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club on October 31 on the territory’s successful bid to host the Gay Games in 2022.
 
It was reported that when asked if she was pleased about it, she said that the city is still divided on the issues of same-sex marriage, then went on to cite her Catholic faith as a basis for her position.
 

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Workers offered a walking stick

HONG KONG (SE): While welcoming a plan to subsidise transport costs for working people presented by the chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in her maiden policy address on October 11, the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is calling it a token gesture or cosmetic throwaway line.
 
In a statement released on the same day Lam addressed the Legislative Council, the commission said that the fundamental difficulties faced by working people involve long work hours, low wages and a lack of any realistic retirement protection plan.

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Slap in face for democracy

HONG KONG (SE): A tangled web of government interference, an interpretation of the Basic Law by Beijing pre-empting a court decision and meddling in the affairs of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the former chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, has led the project officer from the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, to refer to the barring of four members of the LegCo as political prosecution.
 

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Chief executive-designate visits Cardinal Tong

 

The coadjutor of the diocese, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, and vicar general, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, gathered to extend their congratulations to Lam, who is a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wan Chai.

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Cardinal reminds new chief executive freedom is the guts of the issue

HONG KONG (SE): In his congratulatory letter to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on being selected as the next chief executive of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon reminded her that basic freedoms are at the guts of the issue of governance.

The bishop of Hong Kong also showed his delight at seeing all three candidates express their ongoing commitment to the city’s wellbeing.

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Chief executive on a mission impossible

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former chief secretary and number two in the current administration, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, was selected as the next chief executive in a widely criticised exercise by a panel of 1,186 people on March 26.

Collecting support from 777 members of the Election Committee, she came in well ahead of her nearest rival, John Tsang Chun-wah, with 365 and Woo Kwok-hing with 21.

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Letter from bishop of Hong Kong to chief-executive elect

 28 March 2017

Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The Chief Executive-Elect
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Dear Mrs. Lam,

May the Lord’s peace and joy be with you.

Congratulations on winning the Chief Executive Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you. Also, I was delighted that the other candidates have expressed their continuous care and participation for the Community of Hong Kong.

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A sham that demands attention

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is urging people to be concerned and take an interest in the selection of the next chief executive, who is set to be chosen from a running pack of three by an elite, small circle Election Committee made up of only 1,194 people on March 26.

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