quote of the week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am

'I want to make it absolutely clear, looking you in the eye, the reasons stated ... are the only reasons I have taken this decision'

Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang after announcing his retirement last Wednesday


The city's top judge has moved quickly to stop people making up stories about why he will quit his job early.

Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang will quit five years earlier than he should. He said he would not take part in the Chief Executive election in 2012.

Li said he was leaving to make the changes in the judiciary easier. A number of senior judges will retire over the next five years.

Li's topped his quote with the opening line 'I want to make it absolutely clear, looking you in the eye' to show he was being honest about his reasons for leaving.

'Looking you in the eye' can be a sign of honesty or a challenge to someone, depending on your culture.

Li needs to be very clear about his reason for leaving. He doesn't want people to think the government is meddling in the court's work.

Judges make up the 'judiciary'.

The court is the final protector of the city's constitution. Hong Kong's freedom and rule of law are based on the constitution.