A chance for art to shine

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 January, 1997, 12:00am

In regards your Editorial 'For Art's Sake' (South China Morning Post, January 22) I hold the same view that Pun Sing-lui, , a radical artist who vandalised a statue of Queen Victoria, should be given a chance to deliver lectures in an Urban Council programme for artists-in-residence.

The Urban Council's claim to disqualify Pun from the programme had as its root his irresponsible act of vandalising the statue and thus infringing public interest. However, Pun has paid the price by serving time in jail for his behaviour. Should the administration give him a second chance instead of depriving him of his right to take part in a public meeting? The administration may argue that he has no regrets about his behaviour. But, would this not be a marvellous chance for the artist to refine his artistic expression through sharing of views with other artists? We always talk about human rights, and this is an excellent chance for the administration to demonstrate how it incorporates the spirit of human rights in its decision on Pun's case. Hopefully it will think twice before making a decision.

JACQUELINE C K LAM New Territories