Elsie Leung says she has heard nothing about including Beijing’s proposed National Anthem Law in the Basic Law. Photo: RTHK
The Chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee, Elsie Leung, said on Saturday that she has not received any information on including Beijing’s proposed National Anthem Law in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.
Beijing is reportedly drafting its first National Anthem Law to prevent the song from being abused, and that it will be submitted for an initial reading next month.
“I have not received any instructions from the Standing Committee [of the National People’s Congress] that any advice or opinion was being sought from the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee”, Leung said.
Leung also said whether Hong Kong’s autonomy to manage its own land includes ‘new’ space created by the construction of an underground station for the Express Rail Link at West Kowloon, can be dealt with by an agreement between the city and mainland authorities.
She was responding to Basic Law expert Alan Hoo’s comment on Friday that the legal problems over plans to ‘co-locate’ border clearance services for the rail link can be resolved, by declaring an underground area of the West Kowloon Terminus as mainland territory.
This, he said, would allow mainland officers to work freely within a designated area inside the station, and allow trains to travel to and from mainland cities without having to stop at the border to enable passengers to go through immigration clearance.
Critics have said allowing mainland officers to operate in Hong Kong would amount to a violation of the Basic Law.