Anson Chan Fang On-sang has hit out at lawmakers for criticising retired officials indiscriminately and alleging corruption in the civil service without evidence. The Chief Secretary for Administration was referring to a report by the Public Accounts Committee which condemned former director of public works David McDonald and other senior retired officials for a 20-year delay in building a footbridge between the China Building and the Entertainment Building in Central. The report also criticised the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority for failing to seize indecent articles over the past four years. It also condemned former administrative services and information secretary Peter Tsao Kwang-yung for failing since 1987 to investigate public views on a classification system of obscene articles, and called for investigations on whether the non-prosecution involved corruption. Mrs Chan yesterday fended off the charges. 'We readily accept criticisms and strive for improvement. However, we deserve and expect to be treated fairly,' she said. She demanded that Legco give the officials the chance to defend themselves. 'I note the committee has subsequently explained that it was not their intention to condemn individual officers indiscriminately,' she said. 'I hope the committee will ensure that such incidents do not recur in future.' She said there was no prima facie evidence suggesting insufficient enforcement against obscene articles were caused by corruption.