Rush to put China back in the red

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 May, 1997, 12:00am

HOME-PAGE producers for the provisional legislature's secretariat rushed to redden 'black' flags and emblems for China and the Special Administrative Region at its Web site after Internet surfers complained about the blunder.

The mistake was contained in the National Flag and Emblem Bill, and Regional Flag and Emblem Bill published by the Chief Executive-designate's office.

Speaking after the interim body's fifth plenum yesterday, the President, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, thanked those who pointed out the error.

She said it would be corrected by using artwork to render the flags and emblems in red.

Cheung Man-kwong of the Democratic Party said it was an ironic mistake as the bills set out to prohibit people damaging flags and emblems.

The director of the Chief Executive-designate's office, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, said the two draft pieces of legislation provided for the use and protection of the national and SAR flags and emblems.

She said the maximum penalty for intentionally desecrating the national flag and emblem was a fine of $50,000 and three years' imprisonment.

Mr Cheung criticised the penalties as 'too severe' but SAR executive councillor Leung Chun-ying disagreed.

'This provision already exists in the national law,' he said.