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Paul Chan Mo-po turns to Bible quotes to defend integrity

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 July, 2013, 4:04am

To act justly and to love mercy: Paul Chan Mo-po probably said it to remind himself of his guiding principle as much as to court public sympathy on the fourth day of a farmland row that has called his integrity into question.

The Secretary for Development yesterday invoked words from the Bible, as well as his school anthem, a day before lawmakers were to move a motion requesting his resignation.

He was determined to serve the public, he told a meeting of the Legislative Council development panel that included representatives of interest groups.

"I joined Legco in 2008, then joined the government just because I wanted to focus myself on public service. Today, I still follow the principle of a biblical verse - to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God," the Christian said, citing from the book of Micah.

Chan thanked a Kwu Tung villager for giving him a copy of the New Testament at the meeting.

The villager, Chung Xiaoqing, opposed government development plans for a new town in her area. "I hope he will be reminded not to lie any more," Chung said.

Chan also quoted the anthem of Chinese University's New Asia College where he studied. "Let's march on despite adversity. In times of fatigue we have passion, our shoulders carrying a burden of 1,000 catties. Forward we go while we are young," he said.

A rural leader and landowner defended Chan. "A person is useless if he or she does not own land or property by the age of 50," said Hau Chi-keung. Lawmakers Albert Chan Wai-yip and Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung asked panel chairman Tony Tse Wai-chuen to rule Hau's words as an offence.

 

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hard times !
neither his alma mater, the Chinese Univ's New Asia College' anthem nor the Holy Bible can save the integrity of this over-greedy but dishonest development minister who has disgraced both his former school and the Bible as well. Now he claims that he is supported by his colleagues in the Bureau of Development.Maybe they are the secretaries only such as the news secretary, personal secretary and ...how about most civil servants ? Does he think that they will support him after his scandal disclosed on 22nd July,2012 ? I wonder.
chuchu59
Well, embracing Christianity didnt get Peter(Tony) Chan off the hook. Honestly, I detest people who use their religious beliefs for selfish gains. All religions are sacred and should not be used for selfish purposes. There are religious cults who wage war on others and call these 'holy wars'. When does a God, no matter what religion it is related to, advocate war and not peace. So the fact that this guy is making an attempt to show he is a nice guy by embracing Christianity stinks.
ejmciii
Quoting ancient poems got Wen off the hook for corruption charges, so guess Paul thought it was worth a try.
hard times !
turn to Bible quote can
never save his integrity crisis
let truth speaks for itself
disclose all the documents concerned
the public will then distinguish
the facts
'whiter than white' was once his motto
just a year ago
but now ?
he is suspected of
conflict of interest
his wife's family is still
close to him
suspected of conflict
of interest exists
how can he
linger in his present
post----- tarnishes the prestige
of the administration
for keeping such a
negative asset
he betrays his alma mater
and his faith as well
by polluting them with
his words and acts
committed
what a shame indeed
for a highly-educated man
in the seventies of last
century !

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