Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary Anson Chan said on Friday, June 14, that the territory’s current government should drop the proposed extradition bill that has triggered massive weeklong protests.
Chan said this past week’s protests involving hundreds of thousands of local residents indicates more than “the Hong Kong spirit at its best.”
The former chief secretary said that people are trying to tell the Hong Kong government that they are “very worried about the consequences of passing the extradition bill because no one will feel safe, even in their own beds after passage of this bill.”
Chan added that the bill would put “ everybody’s individual freedom and safety at risk.”
Chan, who is 79 years old, served as chief secretary for both the British colonial government of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government under the Chinese Communist regime.
A candid advocate for more democracy in the ex-British colony, Chan advised the current Hong Kong government to listen to the voices of objection from the Hong Kong people.
“I think the government has had sufficient notice of the depth of worries and concern expressed by people at all levels, including the business sector,” said Chan.
She stated that it is important for the government to tell the people: “I am prepared to pause.”
Chan requested the current Chief Executive Carrie Lam to drop the proposed extradition legislation.
Chan shared her insights about the consequences of passing the highly controversial bill.
“If the government insists on bulldozing these proposals through a very compliant Legislative Council, then a lot of foreign business people will think twice about locating in Hong Kong,” said Chan.
She added, “They might just as well go directly into China and take the risks. Why bother to come to Hong Kong?”
Chan warned that passing the proposed bill to allow the Chinese Communist regime to extradite suspects to China for trials could deal a “very, very heavy blow to business confidence.”
Many in Hong Kong and in the international scene view the proposed extradition bill as the Chinese Communist regime’s attempt to exert its control over the semi-autonomous territory.