DAVID Chu seems to duck the issue in his 'Why do we put more faith in foreigners?' (South China Morning Post, November 15). He attacked Martin Lee's fight against the cap on the number of foreign jurists in the Court of Final Appeal, but the issue here is clear and simple. China's reputation in law and order has not been good. Most ordinary people of Hong Kong do not trust the Chinese Government and are frightened by the prospect that post-1997 Hong Kong will resemble China. Therefore, independence in the Court of Final Appeal is crucial to the establishment of law and order. That calls for the hiring of foreign judges to serve on the Court of Final Appeal. To avoid offending the Chinese Government, Mr Chu sidestepped the real issue, listing several arguments. Claiming an inferiority complex as the reason behind hiring foreign judges Mr Chu has insulted the competence of the entire legal profession. Mr Chu's analogy with other countries is improper. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore practise their Common Law without seeking judicial counsel from afar. True, but these countries do not, and will not, face communist dictatorial rule. Their governments have to answer to their citizens with performance, not tanks. And what had law and order, or the lack of them, to do with the survival of 4,000 years of civilisation in our country? The history of China was filled with catastrophe and pain, with only several brief periods of peace and affluence during the Tang and Sung dynasties. Without law and order, a civilisation persists. Just the people suffer. If Mr Chu didn't notice, that has been the unfortunate fate of our nation. Couldn't Mr Chu pick a better incident than the one involving Warren Christopher to prove his point? I think poor Mr Christopher just didn't know the way to get around Chinese customs. On November 12, I arrived at Lotus Hill by ferry. There was only one Customs counter open for returning compatriots (Hongkong Chinese). About 200 people were lining up. A minute later, a Customs officer opened a counter and about 50 people dashed to form a line in front of him. Incredibly, the officer just sat quietly there until four gentlemen and a lady showed up from the back of the queue. Obviously there was uproar when this group got through the counter before everyone else. That is the common preferential treatment seen at Chinese Customs. Law and order, for who? That is exactly what Hong Kong people fear - law and order for the preferred.