Dr M: Best if HK’s Carrie Lam Resigns

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Carrie Lam should relinquish her position as Hong Kong’s chief executive following the prolonged demonstrations that have shaken the Chinese territory, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The prime minister said it was the best option for the embattled Lam, noting she is caught in a dilemma between following her conscience and following orders from Beijing.

“The fact is that she is in a dilemma, she has to obey the masters (but) at the same time, she has to ask her conscience, her conscience says that the people of Hong Kong are right in rejecting the law.

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“But she knows the consequence of rejecting the (extradition) law.

“[…] It happened in China, in the Tiananmen matter. The people who demonstrated (were) also the relatives of the soldiers in that area so what they did was they bring in soldiers from other areas and they took the action, harsh action to put an end to the demonstration.

“I think in the end, that is what China will do but for the administrator, I think (the) best thing is to resign,” he said.

Mahathir said this when asked for his advice for Lam during a question and answer session at the LawAsia conference in Petaling Jaya this morning.