Bill prejudices HK domestics

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 February, 1994, 12:00am

WHEN I first read of Anna Wu's Private Member's Bill to eliminate the insidious discrimination that plagues the territory, I was much impressed by her apparent courage, wisdom and belief in the rights of all.

How outraged I was, therefore, to learn of the inclusion of a clause to exempt domestic helpers from the provisions of the bill.

If it is enacted in its proposed form, Miss Wu will have succeeded in further marginalising a large and important section of Hong Kong's community. Here was an opportunity for Miss Wu to lead the territory's people out of the dark ages of discrimination.

Instead, she intends to prejudice a group which is just as entitled to freedom from discrimination as she is. An honourable concept has been reduced to nothing more than a sham and an insult to all who embrace the philosophies of freedom and democracy ofwhich Miss Wu and others speak so often.

Can there then be any justification for this outrageous hypocrisy, or is it a case of all animals being equal . . .? RONNIE MORRIS Pokfulam