Local government must make every effort to ensure the proposed legislation conforms to the principles of Hong Kong’s legal system. Protections established under the Basic Law must be respected, and judges with foreign passports must not be barred from hearing cases involving national security.
An open inquiry would be the most effective way to ascertain the truth, and the process will have a therapeutic effect on society. Carrie Lam, meanwhile, must speak up more for Hongkongers, while all officials should remember they are public servants.
Law school graduates must develop a strong sense of responsibility and the capacity for lifelong learning.
The community is expecting anxiously the determination of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the method of electing the chief executive in 2017. When it is made, the process of political reform will advance to a further stage.