Subversion laws 'an honour'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 August, 2002, 12:00am

People should feel honoured if sedition and subversion laws are passed in the SAR, the Secretary for Justice says. Elsie Leung Oi-sie, speaking in an RTHK interview on the progress of enacting an anti-subversion law, said: 'A citizen of a country does have the duty to protect his country's security. It is an honour [as citizens] and we have the duty to do so.' Article 23 of the Basic Law requires Hong Kong to pass laws 'on its own' in relation to treason, sedition, subversion and secession against the Chinese government. Fears have been raised this could be used to crack down on groups such as Falun Gong.