Livelihood issues remain Hong Kong residents’ top concern, a survey by the Hong Kong Research Association showed on Monday.
The HKSAR government announced on June 15 the suspension of legislation related to the extradition bill
Of the 1,265 respondents polled June 5-17, 40 percent said that livelihood issues, including the land and housing shortage, public security, social welfare and healthcare services, are their main concern, while 32 percent cited political issues.
The results came as radical demonstrators continued on Monday to disrupt public services in protest of the government’s proposed amendments to the special administrative region’s extradition laws. The demonstration took place more than a week after the government suspended legislation of the extradition bill following mass protests that led to violent clashes with police.
Dozens of demonstrators besieged the Immigration Tower and the Revenue Tower in Wan Chai at noon on Monday. They occupied entrances of both buildings, preventing anyone from entering.
Protesters also surrounded both towers on Friday, affecting the public services of government departments, including the Inland Revenue Department, Environmental Protection Department, and Water Supplies Department, to varying degrees.
In response to the chaos, the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants’ Association called on all civil servants to uphold the principle of political neutrality, serve the community with dedication and perseverance, and provide high-quality public services to residents.
The call, made in a statement issued by the association on Monday afternoon, condemned the protesters’ blockade tactics, noting that such conduct violated the rule of law and should stop as it has had an adverse impact on residents’ daily lives.
Acknowledging that civil servants are facing “unprecedented” challenges in their daily work, the association appealed to society to have more consideration for civil servants, and reunite to address problems of people’s livelihoods, the economy, and social issues.
The SAR government also issued a statement on Monday that called on demonstrators to express their opinions in peaceful and rational ways.
The government reiterated it respects residents’ right of assembly, but stressed that protesters should not impede other citizens’ access to government services.
The SAR government announced on June 15 the suspension of legislation related to the extradition bill. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor pledged during a press conference that the government will double its efforts to improve people’s livelihoods and do its utmost to mend the social divide.
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