I'll step down if this ever happens, says Stephen Lam The constitutional affairs chief insisted yesterday Hong Kong's rule of law had not been damaged since the handover - and vowed to step down if this ever happened. In that case, said some democrats, Stephen Lam Sui-lung should have quit long ago. 'I have studied law,' said Mr Lam. 'If the day ever comes that if Hong Kong's rule of law is ruined, I won't stay [on the job] any more.' He told a forum organised by the Hong Kong Development Forum that the two Basic Law interpretations by the National People's Congress Standing Committee - denying right of abode to the mainland-born children of Hong Kong residents and ruling out universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008 elections - were in the best interests of Hong Kong. Mr Lam criticised democrats for complaining when they thought the next chief executive would serve five years and again when the government said he should serve only the balance of Tung Chee-hwa's term. 'Do they want a situation where the government can't go left, or go right?' he asked. 'Do they want every road blocked for the government?' The Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said Mr Lam should have stepped down a long time ago if he meant what he said. Pro-democracy unionist Lee Cheuk-yan added: 'If he believes the two interpretations have not damaged the city's rule of law, I think he doesn't have any need to resign because his standards are so low.' Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo said lawyers in Hong Kong needed to 'achieve an interface' between the Hong Kong and mainland legal systems, but not a clash of two cultures. He criticised people who said if their argument on the length of term of the chief executive was not accepted, it meant the rule of law was dead. Ronny Tong Ka-wah, of the Article 45 Concern Group, said the law should not be twisted to suit political expediency. 'If the Basic Law is constantly changing, 'one country, two systems' will exist in name only.' Pro-Beijing figure Raymond Wu Wai-yung - borrowing a phrase used by former Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office chief Lu Ping to describe Hong Kong governor, Chris Patten - said anyone who mounted a legal challenge over the term of the next chief executive would be 'a sinner for a thousand years'.