“The fundamental principle and spirit of this legislative amendment is ‘respect’ – respect our country and respect the national flag and the national emblem, which are the symbols and signs of our country,” said a spokesperson for the municipal government, adding that the amendment provides for the use, etiquette, education and promotion in connection with the national flag and national emblem.
Targeting those who commit public and intentional acts with the intent to desecrate the national flag or national emblem, the revised bill maintained and clarified the provisions on offenses and penalties, as a punishment and deterrent. , added the spokesperson, quoting the Xinhua News Agency.
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam revised and published in the Gazette on Friday the conditions for the display and use of the national flag and emblem as well as the flag and emblem.
Revisions include adding three specified days – Labor Day (May 1), the first day of the Lunar New Year, and Constitution Day (December 4) for the display of the national flag and the Hong Kong flag. .
The national flag and emblem shall be displayed during swearing-in ceremonies of the Chief Executive, key officials, the judiciary, the Executive Council, the Legislative Council (LegCo) and the District Council, in accordance with the amended bill.
The national emblem design is to be used on the websites of the Hong Kong government, LegCo and the judiciary.
The Education Office will issue a circular to schools, providing the latest guidance on the inclusion of the national flag and national emblem in primary and secondary education, as well as issues relating to the daily display of the flag national flag raising ceremony and the weekly conduct of the flag raising ceremony in schools.