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屋漏逢夜雨 (Chinese Only)

上星期,我到外地參加了兩場國際會議。首先是到智利聖地亞哥出席亞太區經濟合作組織(APEC)財長會議;其後轉赴美國華盛頓,以中國代表團成員身分出席國際貨幣基金組織(國基會)及世界銀行集團年會,途中短暫停留紐約。期間我與政府官員、聯儲局官員、智庫、評級機構、基金經理及商界代表會面,交流對宏觀經濟及金融市場的看法,並解釋香港現時的情況。

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Rein in the horse at the brink

The society is paying a heavy price for the continuous violent acts, vandalism and malicious nuisance in the past four months. Citizens may have to spend a few more hours for travelling. They also have to worry about their personal safety and live in anxiety and fear. Retail and catering sectors have been suffering a heavy blow as consumer sentiment turns gloomy. Business and sales dropped significantly. Weekends and holidays were popular shopping time in the past, but now shops are forced to close earlier or even for the whole day. Worst still, some shops become targets of bullying and face serious nuisance, fire attack and severe damage, causing threat to the safety of the staff.

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Public Safety

In the past few days, our society has been facing escalating violence and illegal acts. A group of radical rioters vandalized retails outlets, bank branches and public utilities. Although the Interim Injunction Order granted by the Court to restrain persons from obstructing or interfering with the proper use and operation of the railway network is still in force, rioters vandalised and set fires at MTR stations and trains. These illegal acts have no regard to the laws of Hong Kong. The rioters even hurled petrol bombs at Police officers and committed arson at various locations, posing danger to nearby pedestrians and residents. All these serious and even organised criminal offences seriously jeopardized personal and public safety.

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