PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 January, 2003, 12:00am

Foreign governments should mind their own business when it comes to Article 23 of the Basic Law.

It is entirely inappropriate for so-called 'human rights experts' and foreign governments to try and influence the course of Article 23 legislation.

Several of these governments are continuing to demand that the SAR administration apply different rules to foreign permanent residents just because they are holding foreign passports.

This is wrong. It is an individual choice whether to become a permanent resident.

Once people make an oath stating Hong Kong is their permanent home they have a responsibility to the state's security even if they decide to later reside outside Hong Kong.

If these residents are not willing, or able, to abide by Article 23 laws then the government should allow them to renounce their permanent residency. They could simply go back to having 'unconditional stay', which is the status a resident applies for before applying for right of abode.

Then these residents would be free from the obligations under Article 23 when outside Hong Kong.