Official 'fearmongers fed data' to political parties
The government fed data about the foreign domestic helper right-of-abode case that it could not submit to the court to pro-establishment parties to whip up public fear and pave the way for an interpretation from Beijing, veteran lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit said yesterday.
The Civic Party leader expressed concern that the city's rule of law would be undermined by government efforts to shape public opinion through 'fearmongering' about the number of helpers who would flood Hong Kong.
'The executive should respect the rule of law,' Leong said. 'It should not spread data it dared not submit to court ... through some government-friendly political parties.'
The Court of First Instance ruled last month that Filipino domestic helper Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who has worked in Hong Kong since 1986, has the right to apply for a permanent ID card. The government is appealing against the ruling.
Leong said there was a 'conspiracy' between the administration and some political parties in distributing the data. He was referring to government data released last week that about 125,000 domestic helpers had lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years and 500,000 immigrants could come into the city if each brought in a spouse and two children. This matched a figure from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong in August.