BLOG – Newsreaders Call Out Law Society President for Refusing to Answer in English


Yesterday, presenters on ATV World News called out Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung 林新強 for refusing to answer a question at a press conference in English. Despite his poor attitude shown in the video below, Lam is fluent in English.

Even before the Handover, journalists have long-fought to have officials provide quotes and statements in English.

According to the 2011 census, the majority of Hong Kongers (60.6%) perceive themselves to have an ‘average’ to ‘very good’ understanding of spoken English, though standards are in decline. Meanwhile, over 10% cannot speak Cantonese.

Ambrose Lam San-keung

Ambrose Lam San-keung refuses questions from the English press, via Apple Daily.

English remains an official language. In matters of law, it presides over Chinese and is the lingua franca that gives the territory it’s ‘world city’ and business-friendly status. As 7.4% of residents are non-Chinese, it is essential, democratically, that tax-paying ethnic minorities are not excluded from knowing what their government are up to.

At the press conference yesterday, the Law Society and Bar Association remained silent regarding their views on universal suffrage after condemning the Occupy Central plan.