Violence not acceptable in normally safe SAR

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am

I was saddened by the incident at Immigration Tower on Wednesday, which led to 50 people being injured.

Abode seekers are testing the Government's patience to the limit. They are entitled to express their grievances, but not if it leads to innocent people being hurt. That is absolutely intolerable. Rules and laws should be obeyed.

To me, Hong Kong has always been a great place in which to live.

As an SAR resident, I am proud of our safe environment. I can understand that abode seekers also see the advantages of living here, otherwise they would not be pushing for right of abode so aggressively. However, using violent methods is not the answer. If other people used similar methods here, law and order in the SAR and our way of life would be under threat. I urge all right of abode seekers to behave in a rational manner.

The Immigration Department staff members were just doing their jobs. They do not make the laws. They were there in the front line, serving the people of Hong Kong. They were completely innocent. The abode seekers should understand that these people have families.

The Government should try and resolve this problem as soon as possible and make swift decisions on whether an abode seeker can stay in the SAR, or has to go back to the mainland. Things will get worse if they are allowed to linger in the SAR.