My Member’s Motion to reform outdated laws approved in Legco
At the Council meeting on Wednesday, I raised a motion to urge the government to reform outdated laws in order for innovation and technology to grow. Twenty-nine members have spoken, five amendments were made and the motion was passed with forty-five members supporting it. In my speech, I have mentioned that one cause for our declining competitiveness is due to the staggering development of innovation and technology. While the government should protect public interests, laws have to be properly updated to foster competition and development of the sectors. I would also like to show my appreciation to over 1,000 individuals and organisations who sign my petition to express their support to my motion.
Chief Executive pledged to reform outdated laws
Chief Executive Carrie Lam attended her first Q&A session at Legco this week and I had the opportunity to question her on reforming outdated laws to foster the growth of innovation and new economy. Mrs Lam was positive in her reply as she acknowledged the need to update laws and also pledged to bring initiatives within her tenure.
Smart City Blueprint Consultancy Report announced
The government released the Report of Consultancy Study on Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong on June 30, covering six aspects: smart mobility, smart living, smart economy, smart environment, smart government and smart people. The report has made comprehensive review on the current challenges and identified the outdated laws that need to be amended. However, as I mentioned in my latest column, the coordination between government units and how soon the outdated laws will be amended hold sway in the city’s Smart City development.
The Professional Guild at the July 1st rally
It was good to greet many of you who joined the rally as all the seven Legco members of the Professional Guild were out in the rain to raise funds for the three members of our group, Hon Shiu Ka-chun, Hon Edward Yiu and Hon Kenneth Leung who were caught in lawsuits to fight for public interests. We appreciate the support of the public as we collected around $190,000 of funds to subsidise the legal cost of our three colleagues.