They Said it This Week

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 October, 1993, 12:00am

''We must climb high, lift our eyes above the problems now under discussion between Britain and China and remind ourselves what we are working for.'' - The Governor Chris Patten giving his version of an old Chinese poem at the Chinese National Day celebrations.

''I can't go home, I can't go to the United States and there are no avenues of negotiation for me in Hong Kong.'' - Han Dongfang, explaining why he is suing the Public Security Ministry in Beijing over what he claims is the unlawful cancellation of his passport.

''I cannot see why it is necessary in a democratic society.'' - Martin Lee, arguing for the repeal of regulations that allow films to be banned or edited if they risk harming relations with other countries.

''The whole thing should be formalised. Brokers loiter in the lobby or outside the mortuary and they already know who the relatives are.'' - Doctor, backing Consumer Council complaints that touts from funeral companies lurk at hospitals when a death is imminent.

''It is highly irresponsible to keep alive the hopes of people who have no option but to return, saying that someday they will be taken elsewhere.'' - Robert Van Leeuwen, retiring United Nations chief, firing a parting shot at an airport press conference at pressure groups operating within the Vietnamese camps.

''The problem now is that Mr Patten has his own ideas.'' - China's Foreign Minister Qian Qichen ''We have not made as much progress as we would have liked.'' - Sir Robin McLaren at the end of yet another, the 12th, round of Sino-British talks on electoral arrangements.