• Sun
  • Sep 21, 2014
  • Updated: 3:31pm
Occupy Central
NewsHong Kong

Carrie Lam issues warning on Occupy Central shutdown at talk with civil servants

Chief secretary tells civil service unions in rare meeting she fears government services may be threatened if voting reform protest goes ahead

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 10:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 8:27am


  • Yes: 87%
  • No: 13%
11 Jul 2014
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 209

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday that government operations could break down if Occupy Central brings the main business district to a standstill.

Her warning came at a meeting with civil service and disciplined services unions ahead of the unveiling of the government's electoral reform report on Tuesday.

Civil Servants General Union chairman Chung Kwok-sing said that at the 1-1/2-hour meeting, Lam "said some political parties might not be satisfied and take action to paralyse Central".

Chung, one of the representatives from eight civil service groups who met Lam, also quoted her as saying she was worried the government might fail to offer services as normal.

Yesterday's meeting was unusual - the last time such talks took place was after a protest-hit visit in 2011 by the then vice-premier Li Keqiang .

Joe Chan Cho-kwong, of the Police Force Council, said Lam warned the political reform report "might have an impact on civil servants, but did not explain why".

The meeting also covered the resources and retirement age of the civil service and filibustering in Legco, Chan said.

He added that Lam expressed support for the police, who were criticised for their handling of protesters after the annual July 1 march for democracy.

The government is due to report on Tuesday on its consultation over reforms for the 2017 chief executive and 2016 Legislative Council polls.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said the reform report would include ideas such as public nomination and party nomination, but would not pass judgment on them.

Views aired in Occupy Central's unofficial referendum and at the July 1 rally - which took place after the consultation ended in May - would be excluded. Lam would brief Legco's House Committee on the report next week, he added.

"It is entirely up to the chief executive to decide whether he wants to reflect the latest sentiments in his own report, to be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress," Tam said.

In its report, the government would mention that there were consultation submissions supporting calls to let the public nominate candidates for the 2017 ballot, a source said.

The source said Lam's report would state there was no need to amend the Basic Law to change the method of electing Legco in 2016, as most submissions did not call for major reforms.



Related topics

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive



This article is now closed to comments

Nobody believes the Government's scare mongering.
It is time to call the bluffs.
I wish I am wrong but I have a bad feeling that this time it will not be the hold your hands and please come with me kind of arrests we saw on 1/2 July.
"Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday that government operations could break down if Occupy Central brings the main business district to a standstill."

Perhaps something positive at last from OC.
but how will we get to LKF and Soho?
no no no no...OC cannot be allowed to get in the way of our collective need to consume alcohol.
Gee do we wonder if Carrie Vader was to the Dudes in Blue that their livelihood was at risk if they did not crush the challenge to the CE and the masters? Have we heard the lead minions asking for inquiries into the arrests of the protesters? Have we heard anything other than threats to the citizenry who do not follow orders? Nope. Kind of reminds one of the scene in the Blues Brothers: Use of unnecessary Force against the Blues Brothers has been approved.....
Star wars... is this what its about? Are you one of those z generation types who think you're in a movie? I notice long hair was way too scared to stick around shanghai last time. Maybe he knew what they'd do to an uncaged monkey running around the streets.
They should just get some monster truck to run over the squeaks. Don't bother wasting policing time on those turds.
Wow, I wanted to read this a couple of times and I have done so. You really are dumber than I thought you were, and based on the usual level of intellectual capability of Beijing tools that are on here, that was a pretty low level. It was a pop culture allusion. Sorry your tiny brain did not get it. Perhaps you need to stick to coloring books and the care bears. As to Long Hair, I do not know him but I would not want to spend a minute in that mainland toilet longer than absolutely needed. Now run along and get some nice coloring books, because that is about what your meager grey matter allows you do handle. What a clown.
you retarded spineless crep. You had to read that a few times? you're the typical spastic that can't even concentrate on a sentence with your attention deficit disorder. One thing I hate about cretins is they are sorry about so many things and suddenly talk about something irrelevant. Its either mercury poisoning or congenital disorders.
So what are you sorry about next? you gonna' apologize for your inferiority? easy solution, go kill yourself.




SCMP.com Account