Carrie Lam: Anti-mask law still valid and effective, no plan to introduce new laws via emergency power
Updated 13:47, 08-Oct-2019

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said the newly introduced anti-mask law is still valid and effective, and the SAR government has no plan to make more new laws under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance.

Lam made the remarks on Tuesday at a media briefing, three days after the anti-mask law came into effect on October 5.

Too early to say the anti-mask law 'ineffective'

Responding to questions on effectiveness of the anti-mask law, Lam said it's too early to judge, and it takes time to see if the law, like any other, was effective.

She also expressed confidence in the anti-mask law and its ability to help combat violent criminal acts and restore social order in the city, saying it will assist officers in the process of law enforcement and help prohibit underage youth from participating illegal acts.

"Not just the HKSAR government, schools, parents and all walks of society should work together to combat violence," Lam said.


Violence puts Hong Kong in 'very dangerous situation'

Before presiding over a regular Executive Council meeting, Lam told the press that violent acts these days are "lawless and bottomless" and completely disregard law and order.

"Such acts have created massive and great panic, spread a sense of terror and made it difficult for Hong Kong to restore calm and order," Lam stressed.

Preliminary data from the SAR government showed the number of tourists in Hong Kong has gone down by 30 to 40 percent in September from the same period last year, while the number of visitors plunged more than 50 percent year-on-year during the first six days of October, earlier known as the "Golden Week" for businesses. 

Lam said the SAR government will provide cuts in taxes and rents and offer unemployment allowance to affected industries and residents, calling on business communities, property developers and society to do their part to help those affected to tide over the tough times together.