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Benny Tai Yiu-ting

Benny Tai should be asked to explain Hong Kong independence stance

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 2:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 2:15pm

In view of reports on the comments made in Taiwan by Benny Tai Yiu-ting regarding independence for the city, I believe it is time to investigate what the associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) teaches his undergraduate students.

Does Mr Tai advocate independence for Hong Kong? Or does he merely permit his students to discuss this and he himself adopts a neutral stance, as academic freedom and freedom of speech allow?

If it is the former, he should be dismissed by the university authorities, and prosecuted by the Hong Kong authorities for opposition to the Basic Law, which states in Article 1 that the Hong Kong SAR is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China.

The university authorities should also check whether he is talking to students about ideas of independence, by means of propaganda and disinformation.

Moreover, the university should ensure that he is devoting enough time to teaching and research. I consider Mr Tai unsuitable to retain his tenured position at HKU.

John Shannon, Sai Ying Pun