Hong Kong should build a museum to educate the public on the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and “correct ideology” to counter the spread of “fake information”, a pro-Beijing lawmaker urged on Wednesday.

Non-official Executive Council member and lawmaker Jeffrey Lam urged the government to consider building a CCP museum in the city’s new West Kowloon Cultural District, similar to a newly-opened museum in Beijing.

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“On the ideology of the CCP, and on teaching the correct history, this is all very important. The government should take the lead before false information,” Lam said.

The Chinese Communist Party celebrated 100 years since its founding on July 1. A brand-new museum dedicated to the history of the CCP opened in Beijing in mid-June.

Lawmaker Michael Luk also urged the government to conserve or revitalise the party’s heritage in Hong Kong so young people will have a “full and deep understanding of the history of the CCP.”

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Erick Tsang. File Photo: inmediahk.net via CC2.0.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said he agreed with the need to bolster civic and school awareness of the party’s history: “We need to do much more in that respect.”

Lam added that the city’s students should also be taught a comprehensive understanding of CCP history: “The government should take action to stem all false information.”

A deal to build the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District, spearheaded by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in 2017, drew criticism from democrats and sparked an anti-corruption investigation which was later dropped.

This June, Hong Kong’s June 4th Museum documenting the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre shut down just three days after it reopened. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the museum is suspected to have been operating without a licence for places of public entertainment.

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Rhoda Kwan is HKFP's Assistant Editor. She has previously written for TimeOut Hong Kong and worked at Meanjin, a literary journal. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Literature from the University of Hong Kong.