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Carrie Lam’s ‘new governance style’ is hardly auspicious for Hong Kong

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The No 86 fortune stick drawn for Hong Kong by rural chief and legislator Kenneth Lau Ip-keung on the second day of the Year of the Pig put a downer on all the New Year celebrations.

Although it is a “neutral” stick, meaning Hong Kong will neither be lucky nor unlucky this year, when the advice is to be “happy to get a rocky field for business”, it’s clear that tough times lie ahead.

But we don’t need to be superstitious to expect that. The global economic situation, exacerbated by the US-China trade war and all the political uncertainties around the world, makes being cautious about the future necessary. And so, we shouldn’t read too much into the fortune stick. Sober prudence will serve all of us well.

And so it should be, too, for the embattled government, which was once sold to the public as something like the new year – a fresh beginning, a government that is “different” and “new”. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had been trumpeting her “new style” and “new philosophy” almost everywhere she went.

At the Kellogg-Hong Kong University of Science and Technology MBA 20th........

© South China Morning Post