A screengrab taken from the Facebook live streaming of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), shows members of the DAB posing for a group photo at the press conference announcing the creation of its new office, in Hong Kong, Feb 13, 2023. (PHOTO / OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAB)
The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) will use its local office for representatives of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) to collect the views of Hong Kong residents and help the city further integrate into national development.
Seven members of the city’s biggest political party were elected as Hong Kong deputies to the 14th NPC held in Beijing, while nine others became members of the 14th National Committee of the CPPCC.
The DAB announced on Sunday it’s setting up its own office in the special administrative region.
To better address residents’ requests, the office will invite experienced community leaders and experts with rich legal experience to serve as advisors
DAB Chairperson Starry Lee Wai-king, who is also a local deputy to the NPC, said the office can help its representatives better serve the interests of the SAR, and will liaise with various sectors to explain national policies and get views and suggestions.
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The DAB office will also conduct research on national affairs and submit proposals about Hong Kong-related issues to the central government.
During the annual two sessions, the office will submit ideas and recommendations concerning topics that are at the heart of Hong Kong residents, and closely monitor developments. It will handle inquiries from local residents about Chinese mainland issues and help them if necessary.
To better address residents’ requests, the office will invite experienced community leaders and experts with rich legal experience to serve as advisors.
Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the NPC Standing Committee, has promised to join the advisory team, Lee said. In addition, the office will set up a telephone hotline and a mailbox to handle public inquiries and requests.
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Chan Yung, a DAB vice-chairman, said the DAB has many offices in Hong Kong and often writes to relevant SAR government departments to help residents deal with various issues.
Leung Che-cheung, a member of the CPPCC National Committee, said the DAB office will make good use of its more than 100 contact points in the city to liaise with the local community.