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In her own words...

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am

Fanny Law on ramifications of the inquiry on the civil service


'The discovery that this inquiry has made did send some shivers down the spines of the civil servants. It appears that when we try to be neutral to protect the interests of the public as a whole, we often become targets of attack from sectorial interests.'


On news reports saying she switched from 'no recollection' to a definite 'no' on various parts of allegations against her


'If you try to say you have no recollection, the verdict is that you are guilty. I think that's the general sentiment among our media friends.'


On articles that criticised the government's education reforms


'If I was so easily agitated by individual articles I would probably be in Castle Peak Hospital. I have alternative ways of venting my frustration at home.'


On the conflicting versions of her conversation with former classmate Magdalena Mok Mo-ching


'What I have learned from this inquiry is that sometimes it's very difficult to communicate with academics. There were totally different interpretations of the same words, so we have to be very careful in the future.'


On Arthur Li's 'dream' of implementing small-class teaching


'Everyone can have a dream, but when the sun comes out, we have to face reality.'


On suggestions that phoning academics who wrote articles critical of government policies could be perceived as pressuring them


'It never crossed my mind that my telephone call would have that effect because usually I approach it in a very nice way. I don't criticise per se. So far, I haven't had anybody say that my calls were threatening or my calls were not welcome.'


On Professor Morris' allegation that he told her to contact academics directly if she did not agree with their views


'It's a form of transference of an idea deep at the back of the mind, and then maybe because of this inquiry he conveniently retrieved it and planted it into the allegations.'


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