THE decision to remove Hai Ho-tak from his parents and siblings violates a fundamental principle and must be reversed. The innocent should not be made to suffer for the errors of others.
Other principles have also been overlooked, among them the primacy of the family in the nurture of children and the responsibility of the state to protect the weak and powerless.
We ask, what error has Hai Ho-tak committed? What kind of person is he going to grow up to be? Why should his welfare be jeopardised because of circumstances over which he has no control? The consequences could be disastrous for him.
Christians will be reminded that Christ had hard things to say to those who cause children to suffer. They will be reminded also of the value of every individual person and the role of the state in protecting them.
The over-riding consideration here is the well-being of this child.
We call on the government to return him to the care of his parents and to ensure that nothing similar happens again.
JOHN MASAREL, COLIN McCALL Social Justice Group Sha Tin Anglican Church