Question of allegiance

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 August, 2003, 12:00am

Trust Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee to argue that it would not be in Hong Kong's interest to require applicants for local right of abode to prove, inter alia, that they have taken this as their only place of permanent residence ('Is Hong Kong closing its doors to foreigners?', August 13).

Well, that is the only way available for Hong Kong to say it does not want dual nationality and therefore split national allegiance, there being no such thing as a Hong Kong national.

How can one say that that is not in the interest of Hong Kong, unless one has the interest of a foreign power at heart? The immigration conditions have been set to meet the criterion of permanent residence under Article 24(4) of the Basic Law, which Ms Ng reckons any lay person should be able to understand. This lay and lesser mortal does not believe that the requirements run foul of the law, and thus would never invite the court to strike them down.

Indeed, it may well be necessary for a recipient of local right of abode to continue to prove that the conditions are being met.

PETER LOK, Heng Fa Chuen