Hang your boots, Dr M tells HK leader

Hang your boots, Dr M tells HK leader

PUCHONG: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to resign following massive anti-government protests that has been running for the last four months.

He also predicted that China would crackdown on the protestors, sooner or later.

“Lam is in a dilemma. On one hand, she has to obey her masters from China but at the same time, she has to follow her conscience.

“Her conscience says that the people of Hong Kong are right in rejecting the law but, on the other hand, she also knows the consequences of rejecting the law.

“But for Lam, I think, the best thing to do is resign,” he said, in a question-and-answer session during the opening of Lawasia’s inaugural Constitutional and Rule of Law Conference.

The extradition bill would allow Hong Kong residents to be tried in China, which fuelled resentment among the island settlers who claimed that the Chinese judicial system was not independent.

Although Lam had retracted the Bill, Hong Kong people continued to stage demonstrations alleging that China was creeping its way into Hong Kong’s administration, breaching the communist state’s own ‘one nation, two systems’ formula.

By G Vinod