Advisers told to weigh words

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 March, 1998, 12:00am

CHINESE People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) chairman Li Ruihuan told members yesterday to be cautious in their words and deeds.

'What the CPPCC members say and do is not only their own affair, but will affect the work and reputation of the CPPCC,' Mr Li said at the closing of the 9th CPPCC plenum.

Mr Li's remarks were thought to have been directed at veteran CPPCC Standing Committee member Xu Simin, whose attack on RTHK during a group meeting attracted severe criticism last week for inviting mainland interference in SAR affairs.

Mr Xu left for Hong Kong on Wednesday after being taken ill.

'As the political status of the CPPCC members is high, their responsibilities are therefore great; as their influence on society is great, the supervision they have therefore will be more,' Mr Li said.