Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie should resign if the Tung administration fails to uphold the rule of law over the next five years, a lawmaker has said. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the non-affiliated legislator who represents the legal sector, said: 'It is the job of the Secretary for Justice to ensure that this government abides by the law and the system of public administration is up to scratch. 'Therefore, she should be held accountable if our system deteriorates . . . we have to ask her to be held accountable.' Asked if the administration was already slipping in this respect, Ms Ng said: 'I think we are getting quite near such a stage.' She accused Miss Leung of being irresponsible in rushing through the anti-terrorism bill recently. Pro-democracy legislators claim the law contains loopholes that could trap innocent people. 'In my experience, this government is extremely disorganised, inefficient and has a very low appreciation of the standard and requirements of the rule of law . . . They even performed badly on the most basic public administration,' she said. Ms Ng was also concerned that there were still no amendments in sight to a bill to tackle corruption involving the chief executive, even though Tung Chee-hwa had promised to subject himself to such legislation more than three years ago. Certain provisions in the existing Prevention of Bribery Ordinance do not apply to the chief executive because he is not considered a public officer. 'What is worrying is that two levels are set within the community: the public always has to shoulder criminal liability but the powers of those high up are left unrestricted and without any checks and balance. 'The chief executive is above the [Prevention of Bribery Ordinance] while the stature and authority of the Independent Commission Against Corruption has dropped.' She was worried that the anti-graft body had lost status in Mr Tung's eyes. With the public row between the police and the ICAC over the arrest of Senior Superintendent Sin Kam-wah on suspicion of accepting sex in exchange for tip-offs about anti-vice raids, she said: 'Doubts have been cast on the public perception of the ICAC's independence.' Although she was recently branded by the Chinese-language press one of the four 'formidable women' in the legislature, she said: 'In the past, I was very polite towards the civil service . . . as they were just carrying out a decided policy. 'By the time we come back in October, I expect them to deliver. I won't accept politically appointed secretaries shifting the burden on to the civil servants,' Ms Ng said.