Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam (林郑月娥) refused to listen to the citizens and used a colonial-era emergency law (緊急法) to ban face masks at the press conference on 4th October 2019. As Marco Ngai (魏駿傑) has a daughter, he responded to the banning of face masks during an interview from Apple Daily HK (蘋果) in the same afternoon.
Around 2pm on the same day, Marco was perspiring upon fetching his daughter from the school in Kowloon Tong due to the humid weather. He was seen chatting to other parents and felt happy once seeing his daughter, despite sweating for 30 minutes. Before driving, Marco told his daughter to stand at an area blocking the sun and headed to a music school in To Kwa Wan.
Subsequently when the reporters walked up to Marco and asked if he was aware of the face masks ban, he replied he had not read the news and was unaware of it: “I have no idea at all. (The students are disallowed to wear face mask when sick and should apply for medical leave.) I need to read the news first. If that is the case, it is wrong and the children are still small. It is impossible for them to join the protests.”
Mentioning that many children were arrested, Marco appeared shocked and said: “There is nothing much we can do if it becomes a law now. Hopefully we will not fall ill and recover soon. I feel the entire Hong Kong is sick now and everyone is unhappy. The whole world need to wear face masks anyway.”