PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2004, 12:00am

Know the constitution

So now we know what Hong Kong has been missing since 1997 - a good understanding of the Basic Law.

This may well be true, especially as Hong Kong has had to deal with so many tough times since then, either through mis-government or natural disaster.

However, it is equally important for its people to learn the constitutional rights and responsibilities of a citizen of the People's Republic. It is no secret that these rights have been violated routinely in the mainland by the party officials who are supposed to enforce them.

Knowing the rule of law, Hong Kong people are in a good position to take to task their government and the one up north to see that they enforce the charters.

MIKE FUNG, Edmonton, Canada

American system

The first thing Dr Margaret Chu should learn from the US is that its representatives are elected by universal suffrage - that is why legislation like the Patriot Act can be passed with minimal fuss ('Learning from America', March 15). Rightly or wrongly, the law reflected the wish of the majority of the people. It was passed even though the US has some of the most partisan politics in the world. So please do not confuse love of country with our wish to exercise our rights in having universal suffrage.

PETER HO, Tung Chung