Misleading the people

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 August, 2003, 12:00am

This extract from a letter written to me by a former, well-known magistrate now living in the United Kingdom may be of interest to readers.

I withhold the name because I do not have permission to make it public.

Speaking about the colonial era as described in my recent book, and referring to 'those people in Hong Kong who are trying to bring down the SAR government', the magistrate has this to say:

'These people must either have a short memory or are too young to remember what Hong Kong was like in its colonial days. They scream and shout about almost everything that the SAR government does, not the least the proposed Section 23 legislation.

'Sadly, many of the political groups which sprang up towards the end of the colonial era have their own purpose to serve by stirring things up and inciting people to disaffection towards the SAR government. Many people have been misled by them.

'How can Hong Kong prosper if people keep trying to destabilise the SAR government? . . . I am so sorry that they brought about Regina Ip's resignation. Her departure is a loss to Hong Kong, especially at a time when Hong Kong badly needs people like her.'

That some politicians deliberately mislead people is indicated by a recent article in which Martin Lee Chu-ming gives the impression that the half million people who demonstrated on July 1 all supported his political views.

ELSIE TU, Kwun Tong