This screenshot captures the virtual options available to explore a website set up by Hong Kong Policy Research Institute to mark the fifth National Security Education Day on April 15, 2020.
HONG KONG - A series of online activities were held on Wednesday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to mark the fifth National Security Education Day with members of the public.
A local think tank, Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, set up a website on National Security Day 2020 to promote and enhance public awareness of national security in Hong Kong.
The video-recorded speeches of central government officials, SAR government officials and civic leaders are available to be viewed on the website that opened to public at 10 am.
Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stressed that national security is part of people’s daily lives
In his speech, Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stressed that national security is part of people’s daily lives. For example, the current epidemic prevention and control is not only a matter of national security but also a battle that concerns each of our families, said Luo.
Luo pointed out that in the past 23 years, the mechanism of maintaining national security in Hong Kong has not been perfect, resulting in relatively low recognition of the importance of national security among its people.
He urged the Hong Kong community to make more efforts in strengthening laws and enforcement mechanisms as soon as possible to safeguard national security. Hong Kong must not become a weak link in national security, said Luo.
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the social unrest in Hong Kong in the past year has given the community a profound understanding of the importance of national security.
She noted that had the violence and illegal activities against the now-withdrawn Extradition Amendment Bill not been effectively curbed, they could have escalated to levels posing a threat to national security. The HKSAR government is firmly committed to maintaining safety and stability, which are important not only to Hong Kong but also the nation, she said.
Other guests included Tung Chee-hwa, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the renowned Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan.
The event featured an online graphic exhibition on national and local security, with special emphasis on public order, financial security and public health in the SAR. It also introduced the central government's assistance to Hong Kong in the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The online campaign also includes a writing competition on the theme "My understanding of national security and social stability in Hong Kong under the impact of the epidemic” and a national security knowledge contest. "All Hong Kong citizens are welcome to join," the organizer said.
The National Security Law passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in July 2015 sets the National Security Education Day on April 15 each year to promote national security awareness.
The organizer called on Hong Kong people to share their insights on public health and safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak. “As the novel coronavirus pneumonia is spreading around the world, Hong Kong people are working hard in the spirit of solidarity to combat the epidemic. It is believed that we all have acquired a deep understanding of public health and safety by this time,” the organizer wrote in its official website.
The competition will end at 5:00 pm on April 25. A total of ten contestants will win prizes. The top three winners will receive vouchers of HK$2,000, HK$1,000 and HK$500, respectively, for purchasing books.
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