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I haven't sold out HK, says a teary Carrie Lam

2019-06-12 HKT 19:21
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam struggled to hold back tears and denied she had “sold out Hong Kong” in a television interview recorded on Wednesday morning – before the protests escalated.

In an exclusive interview with TVB, Lam also said society had debated the controversial extradition bill for months, and it was time now for the legislature to discuss it – hinting the government will push ahead with the bill.

TVB said the interview was recorded at 8.30am on Wednesday morning.

When asked whether the government would consider shelving the bill following the million-strong protest on Sunday, Lam made an analogy, saying she, as a mother, cannot budge every time her son demands something.

She said if she makes compromises, then she may enjoy a good relationship with her son “for the short term”. But Lam added that if she continued to spoil him and let him have his way, he will in future blame her for not reminding him what the right thing to do is.

Lam was in tears when she dismissed accusations that she had betrayed or “sold out Hong Kong”.

“I have grown up here with all the Hong Kong people,” she said. “My love for this place has led me to make many personal sacrifices.”

She said her husband had told her that after she became Chief Executive she had “sold herself to Hong Kong”.

Lam has not made any public appearances or issue any statements since Tuesday after tens of thousands occupied main roads in Admiralty, forcing Legco to postpone the extradition bill debate on Wednesday and the government to close down its headquarters.