Critics 'not enemies of the state'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 12:00am

People who criticise the Government should not be seen as 'enemies of the state', Bar Association chairman Ronny Tong Ka-wah said yesterday. In a speech marking the start of the new legal year, Mr Tong said it was wrong for the Government to adopt a defensive stance over controversial issues.

'There is no need for a government to seek to justify its actions or to orchestrate or rally support. Still less to seek to alienate or even stigmatise certain sections of the community. Such conduct is neither convincing nor constructive,' Mr Tong said in a reference to the Public Order Ordinance.