Chief Secretary says Ming Pao comic strip targeting law interpretation 'misleading'

Chief Secretary Eric Chan Kwok-ki expressed grave concern about a newspaper comic strip drawn by Ming Pao cartoonist Zunzi, saying it is "biased and misleading" when judging the power of the city's leader following Beijing's law interpretation. 

As shown in the comic, two citizens discuss the recent law interpretation of the National People's Congress Standing Committee on the Hong Kong national security law. 

One of them claims the Chief Executive can "do whatever he wants in the name of safeguarding national security" after Beijing's decision. 

Chan said the comic strip is totally misleading and erroneous in describing the "limitless power" of the Chief Executive after the national security law interpretation. 

"It is the duty of the Chief Executive under the Constitution to safeguard national security and he must act in accordance with the law," Chan said.

He added that the Standing Committee's interpretation of the Hong Kong National Security Law has clarified the principle and meaning of the relevant provisions of the law, ensuring the accurate implementation of the NSL with a solid de jure basis.