Leader's loss 'no cause for sorrow'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 September, 1996, 12:00am

No one within the Judiciary would feel sorry if Sir Ti Liang stepped down, a judge said yesterday.

The judge attributed this to Sir Ti Liang's poor administrative skills.

'As many people can see, and Sir Ti Liang himself also agrees, administrative skill is not his forte. Many of my colleagues think his administrative ability is very weak,' he said.

'But this is not something which is irredeemable, provided he can find good policy secretaries to assist him.' Citing the pros and cons of Sir Ti Liang being chief executive-designate, another judge said: 'He is somebody who is worth considering. The question of whether he is suitable for the post depends much on whether there is a better choice.' Another judicial officer said: 'One advantage of his becoming chief executive is that it would symbolise that the present legal system would prevail.' But the grievances among his colleagues in the Judiciary, such as slow progress in localisation, would be to Sir Ti Liang's disadvantage, he said.

Another judicial officer said Sir Ti Liang appeared not to have convinced his subordinates he was a good leader.

But one of his colleagues believed Sir Ti Liang stood a high chance of becoming the chief executive.

'This is because he is somebody whom China will find it easy to manipulate.

'If China decided to select him as the chief executive, China would treat him as a puppet. But all the decisions would, in fact, be made by his team-designate,' he said.