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Right for Hong Kong SAR government to postpone Legislative Council election

China Daily | Updated: 2020-08-01 00:00

Anyone trying to claim that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government's decision to postpone the city's Legislative Council election for a year is an expedient action of last resort, intended to prevent the opposition camp from achieving its goal of gaining a majority in the legislature for the first time, is doing so with an ulterior motive.

The election, originally scheduled for Sept 6, cannot be held without risk because of the rapidly rising number of novel coronavirus infections in the SAR.That those seeking to politicize the decision are willing to turn a blind eye to the pressure the latest infections are putting on the city's health system-the latest outbreak accounts for about one-third of the total number of infections in the SAR since January-shows how little they care for the well-being of residents in the SAR.

The opposition camp which claims the world is "watching" Hong Kong-a notion that spookily echoes the quasi-warnings issued by the United States and its yapping lapdogs such as Australia and the United Kingdom-naturally opposes the delay.

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