|Flag-raising ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre|
|Lam says residents are too sensitive about the proposed law|
"Protecting the dignity of the national anthem is the obligation and responsibility of the Hong Kong SAR government and indeed of all Chinese nationals," Lam said. "But the exact scope and content of the local legislation would have to be considered in light of the legislation to be enacted by the National People's Congress Standing Committee."
She likened the draft law to be similar to legislation on the national flag and emblem, both of which passed in Hong Kong.
"We are living in a more politicized environment," Lam said. "We need not adopt a very politicized stance... This particular matter of national anthem legislation does not carry any particular scope for politicization."
|In a 2015 football match, anti-China sentiment was high|
However, if implemented, children in primary and secondary schools here would have to sing it, and residents would be encouraged to sing it to "express patriotism".
Already pan-democrats are wary about the proposed legislation. Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok said Hong Kong must adapt to the draft to produce a local law as many of the requirements would not be acceptable in the city.
"The 15-day detention does not apply in Hong Kong, while the city also has a very different education system from the mainland," he said.
Seems that people are are concerned about it to a degree. My question is -- does the national anthem need a law to protect it?
Isn't it expected that people would respect their national anthem, and other countries too? Or does this need to be spelled out?
For example Canada has the National Anthem Act, which states the lyrics and melody of O Canada, but allows users to freely use it for musical arrangements and it is up to citizens to exercise their best judgment.
There is etiquette when the national anthem is played, but there are no strict guidelines.
Perhaps in China's case there are some insecurities, or as pro-establishment lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin believes, Beijing may have been upset by the rise in pro-independence sentiment and the insults hurled during the football matches that let to this latest development...
Yet another step in the mainlandization of Hong Kong...