PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 February, 1997, 12:00am

The British Government's recent announcement that it would grant full citizenship to Hong Kong's ethnic minorities who would otherwise be left stateless after the handover has been welcomed by the ethnic minority community members like me.

But it has also created confusion and anxiety among the ethnic minorities who still fear that some of them may not be eligible for full citizenship.

The British Government should act swiftly and fairly to ensure that no unnecessary rigid conditions are set out in the bill and that all ethnic minorities who will be left stateless will be granted full citizenship. Otherwise, the problem of ethnic minorities will linger and remain unresolved. This will result in there still being many stateless persons after the handover with BNO passports and no other nationality or citizenship, who will eventually be the responsibility of the British Government.

Recent comments by prominent Indian community members as to who should qualify for British passports and who should not, will only create more anxiety and confusion among the community.