Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Thursday afternoon that she was “overjoyed” that the Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting that morning was adjourned as she could then attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Ocean Park’s new Water World, i-Cable TV reported.

At the ceremony, which was attended by Lam and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung, a smiling Lam said: “I was supposed to attend a meeting that would have lasted at least five to six hours… there would have been no way I could attend this ceremony. But, in the end, it was adjourned because not enough lawmakers turned up, falling short of the required number for a meeting.”

Carrie Lam and Gregory So at the ground breaking ceremony. Photo: TVB Screenshot.

“Normally I would be very disappointed with the adjournment of the LegCo meeting, but this time I’m overjoyed, because I can come to my beloved Ocean Park and attend this important function. But this is just my personal stance – the SAR government is still disappointed at the adjournment.”

Lam also said that the SAR government fully supports the Water World project and that it has provided a loan to Ocean Park. Chairman Leo Kung Lin-cheng said the new water park, which is set to open in 2018, will be able to host 1.5 million visitors a year, reports Commercial Radio.

Blueprint for the new water park. Photo: Ocean Park.

On Thursday morning, a LegCo meeting to discuss whether Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should be subject to sections of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance was unexpectedly adjourned, after fewer than half of the expected lawmakers turned up. The meeting was set up to discuss a motion put forward to LegCo by Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong Pik-wan on Wednesday, urging the government to expeditiously submit to the Council an amendment bill on the Ordinance to plug loopholes in the law.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.