No curb on free speech, says Yang

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 October, 1996, 12:00am

Former chief justice Yang Ti Liang said yesterday he would not give his consent to laws which curtailed freedom of speech and June 4 demonstrations.

Although this was a personal stance, he said the matter would depend much on the circumstances.

'As an executive-led government, if it's overwhelmingly clear the public wants certain legislation to be passed, then I, as chief executive, no matter how reluctant, will feel bound to allow the legislation to be passed,' Mr Yang said.

'It depends a lot on public opinion at the given moment.' He reiterated that such legislation should be dealt with by the first legislature rather than by the provisional legislative.