‘Rail opposition linked to anti-communist feeling’

The convenor of the Executive Council, Bernard Chan, said he believes some people are upset with the proposed joint-immigration checkpoint at the West Kowloon express rail link terminus because they don’t trust the Communist Party. But in an interview with RTHK broadcast on Thursday, Chan added that he believes most Hong Kong people support the arrangement because of the convenience it will bring. Critics say the plan to let mainland officials operate here will undermine the One Country, Two Systems principle. Pro-democracy parties want the government to launch a public consultation on the issue. But Chan said this would be unnecessary. He said the administration should instead put its efforts into explaining the plan to the public, so there won’t be any conspiracy theories. Chan also commented on the governing style of the Chief Executive Carrie Lam, saying she is more humble than before, probably thanks to what she went through during the CE election. He added that he is confident the government’s relationship with lawmakers in the opposition camp will be better than during the last administration, as long as both sides are willing to communicate.