Former chief executive CY Leung said on Sunday that it was necessary to strengthen patriotic groups in universities and the media.
He said that even though Hong Kong now has a national security law and an improved electoral system, patriots cannot just think their job is done.
At an online forum on national security and university governance, Leung said stronger groups are needed to instill patriotism in young people.
“We need to strengthen the ideological and organizing powers of patriotic groups, those who govern need to break down barriers with these groups, make them stronger. This includes grooming these groups in universities,” said Leung, who is now vice-president. Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
“In education, in the media, we must increase the capacity of patriotic groups in these important aspects of society. Of course, we must also form consensus and widely promote the principle of One country, two systems.”
Leung said it was a basic requirement for Hong Kong students to become proud Chinese patriots.
He reported that during a FIFA World Cup qualifying group match between China and Hong Kong in 2015, some SAR students booed the national anthem while watching a live broadcast at the Chinese University.
Leung said he met with university management about the matter, but nothing was done.