|Carrie Lam (with an new hairdo) hoping for a better 2020 for Hong Kong|
|Protesters battled tear gas, pepper spray and violence in 2019|
"As chief executive, I will not shy away from my responsibilities. I will listen humbly to find a way out," she said, adding the government will handle the problems at hand and acknowledge the shortcomings in the system as well as deep-rooted conflicts in society.
"I will listen humbly to find a way out," says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam in a New Year's message alongside top officials. "We can begin again together."#HongKong has been rocked by over six months of protest, with a fresh rally set for January 1. https://t.co/kmLJLFCnSX #2020 #NYE pic.twitter.com/siFsYwj8Pq— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) December 31, 2019
The video includes footage of protest marches, some damaged street signs and walls with graffiti, but not violent confrontations between protesters and the police.
She ends by saying: "I believe we can once again overcome our current challenges and rebuild Hong Kong. Let's start 2020 with a new resolution to restore order and harmony in society," Lam said.
Did she seriously procrastinate until the last day of 2019 to again pledge to find a solution to the political crisis that has plagued the city for seven months?
|Millions of people came out to protest the extradition bill|
Also featured in the video are financial secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, Law Chi-kwong, secretary for labour and welfare, and Frank Chan Fan, secretary for transport and housing.
Law pledges the government will "substantially improve" the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and Working Family Allowance Schemes without many details, while Frank Chan says his department is working hard to find land to boost land supply and reduce the time it takes to build houses.
The latter promise is a broken record we have heard over and over... there have been so many suggestions to use brownfield sites to redevelop, and forcing developers to help build social housing. What are they waiting for? And ways to build homes faster? Architects and designers have already created various pre-fabricated homes... why aren't these tried out yet? Or at least engage these experts and pick their brains on creative housing solutions?
|Will the government really help the poor this time?|
When the government finally acknowledges that most people in Hong Kong want political reforms and establish an independent inquiry then we can really begin to mend the massive rift. Otherwise protests will continue for sure in 2020...