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Good command of English crucial to HK, says SJ

2017-04-08 HKT 14:46
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  • Rimsky Yuen says English is crucial to maintaining the common law system, which guarantees and upholds the city's rule of law. Photo: RTHK
    Rimsky Yuen says English is crucial to maintaining the common law system, which guarantees and upholds the city's rule of law. Photo: RTHK
Rimsky Yuen
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said Hong Kong cannot continue to be an international city if people here do not have a good command of English.

Speaking as a guest during an English public speaking contest for students, Yuen said English as an official language is constitutionally guaranteed by the Basic Law.

He said Hong Kong's past and future success, which depends on a large part to its international character, would not be possible if people here are not good English users.

Yuen also said English is crucial in maintaining the common law system, which he said has underpinned the One Country, Two Systems principle.