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  Madam President,


         I move that the Appropriation Bill 2005 be read a second time.

2.     Hong Kong has faced many challenges since the reunification less than eight years ago. Mr Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), has led us through those turbulent times. His selfless devotion and courageous commitment to Hong Kong is exemplary.  The State Council has accepted his resignation on 12 March.  I respect his decision to resign and I am sure Mr Tung will continue to serve our motherland and the people of Hong Kong in his new capacity.I and other members of the SAR Government will work with each other to fulfill our public duties to the best of our ability.

3.    With the support of the Central Government and the combined efforts of the Hong Kong people, we have successfully overcome these trials and tribulations, demonstrating our resilience, perseverance and 懀he Hong Kong Spirit?  As President Hu Jintao says, seeking development, stability and harmony is the mainstream social consensus in Hong Kong .  Confronted by change, we should show solidarity and each play our part in the community.We should also uphold the principle of 幈ne Country, Two Systems?In this respect, we are fortunate to have a sound and efficient government structure and a well-established administrative system based on the rule of law. I will do my best to live up to the expectations our citizens have of me as Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR, and to ensure the continuity and consistency of the Government fiscal and economic policies, so as to maintain public confidence in the economic development and social stability of Hong Kong.



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