Constituent policy

Political unity, meetings to keep the government informed: EC

Hong Kong leader John Lee said on Wednesday that a new “political chief executive unit” would be set up to help his administration take the pulse of public opinion, while senior officials would hold unofficial monthly meetings with legislators to improve communication between the executive. and the legislative branches of government.

Speaking in his first question-and-answer session as chief executive, Lee said he would personally lead the first meeting with lawmakers with his top ministers and deputies, before other top officials take over. charge subsequent meetings in the Legco anteroom.

“Each time it will be headed by a department secretary or department undersecretary, accompanied by five or six office managers and other officials,” he said.

“Anteroom exchanges could allow each office manager to have regular face-to-face exchanges with members. This will help them establish close collaboration with members. It will be an opportunity for them to better explain the policies and also for them to know better the feelings of the public,” he said.

Responding to a question from lawmaker Chow Man-kong about his intention to revive the central policy unit from previous administrations, Lee said a new “chief executive policy unit” would be created to help policy-making – and would cover everything from local to national and international developments.

He said the unit would help paint a nuanced picture of local sentiment.

“Of course, I have to take care of the feelings of the public, the needs of different sectors in Hong Kong, for example – the aspirations of the middle class as well as the grassroots. I have to be aware of all these requests,” he said.

“If I take a general approach, it will create unnecessary problems, so there should be a fine breakdown of the different policies that will be discussed in depth by my political unit.”

Lee also said this unit should have a comprehensive understanding of domestic and international developments, while his administration will take a more proactive approach in promoting Hong Kong’s achievements both locally and to the rest of the world.

“In the past, government officials in Hong Kong have probably worked pragmatically. We may be gentlemen, but there are plenty of bad guys in the world. How to explain yourself properly? he asked.

“We have to tell people about our advantage, our achievements and our success. There must be a good theoretical basis to explain these issues. That’s why we have to explain our work well.

“We have to tell people what we did well. We cannot be too humble. We must continue to repeat our achievements. It’s something we need to do better,” he added.

During the 1.5-hour Q&A session, Lee also touched on a wide range of other topics.

Among other things, he said the government will work as quickly as possible to introduce the city’s own national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law, continue to explore the possibility of resuming travel without quarantine, to promote national identity and patriotism and to attract a master plan for the development of young people.