Professor Morris was out when former education and manpower secretary Arthur Li phoned him to complain about students protesting over his decision to grant Shue Yan College university status. That gave him time to record the call when it came again. In the call, on November 16, 2005, presented as evidence to the inquiry, Professor Li is heard to say, 'If you want to have a war with the EMB, go ahead ... Do you want me to set up ... a high-power government committee to look into the future of HKIEd?' Questions have been asked about why he made the recording, but Professor Morris feels justified. 'It was the pattern of my communications with Arthur,' he said. 'This had been going on for years. He refused to put things in writing. It was a pattern and it was threatening. 'When you're in a situation where someone has threatened to 'rape' the institution, you are forced into a position where tape recording a conversation is acceptable,' Professor Morris said.