Hong Kong govt to amend national flag, emblem ordinance


A flag-raising ceremony is held at the Golden Bauhinia Square on Hong Kong Island to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, on Oct 1, 2020. - China Daily/ANN

HONG KONG / BEIJING, Oct 19 (China Daily/ANN): The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) governmenthas announced that it will introduce amendments to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance.

The move came after amendments to the National Flag Law and the National Emblem Law were adopted by the National People's Congress (NPC) that was announced on Saturday (Oct 17).

The National Flag Law and the National Emblem Law were listed in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law on July 1, 1997, and were applied locally in the HKSAR by way of legislation through the enactment of the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance.

The HKSAR government said, with the amendment of the National Flag Law and the National Emblem Law, it will suitably introduce amendments to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance, with a view to implementing provisions that are applicable to the HKSAR and fulfilling the constitutional responsibility of the HKSAR government.

The NPC had adopted an amendment to the National Flag Law which stipulates that national flags shall be displayed in government organs, organisations, plazas, parks and other public places on important holidays and anniversaries.

People may wear national emblem on solemn occasions to express their patriotic feelings, according to the amendment.

Lawmakers approved the amendment at the closing meeting of a regular legislative session of the Standing Committee of the NPC, which started last Tuesday.

Education on the national flag and emblem in Hong Kong can be set on the right course as the city is about to amend its National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance, which highlights such education, prominent Hong Kong educators and political figures said.

They agreed the amendments can foster stronger national feelings among the youth, helping them to fend off the separatism talk advocated by some opposition activists and unprofessional teachers in the city.

The amendments, which will soon be presented to the Legislative Council for deliberation, follow a revision to the National Flag Law and the National Emblem Law by the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress. Under that revision, education on the flag and emblem should be an essential part of patriotic education, and schools should teach students about their history and significance.

The law also further bans acts that undermine the dignity of the flag and emblem, such as displaying the flag upside down.

The two national laws concerned were listed in Annex III to the Basic Law on July 1, 1997, and would be applied in Hong Kong through the ordinance. - China Daily/Asian News Network
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