Sensible decision is fair and just

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2002, 12:00am

I would like to add my views to those of Rose Yuen (South China Morning Post, April 4) on the abode issue.

While I sympathise with some of the right-of-abode seekers, they did break the law in the first place by overstaying.

Allowing them to stay would have meant setting a precedent and opening up the floodgates for a larger influx of more lawbreakers who would overstay in Hong Kong in the hope of enjoying a so-called amnesty.

In all fairness to those who have been queueing up on the mainland for one-way permits, in particular in Guangdong province, these abode seekers are nothing but queue-jumpers who are unwilling to line up like everybody else and wait their turn. They are also jumping the queue where our social welfare benefits are concerned. They are helped with benefits which our own citizens may have to wait for years to obtain.

Our Government should ensure that help is given to people who are legally entitled to be here.