With Teresa Cheng, has Carrie Lam’s pledge to connect with Hong Kong come undone?
The behaviour of Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah beggars belief (“Justice chief isn’t just wrong about CY Leung case, she’s arrogant and clueless”, December 31)! As does the endorsement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of her condescending disregard for legitimate questions, reflecting a surprisingly woeful inability to respect the sentiment of the Hong Kong people (“Carrie Lam backs justice minister’s decision in CY Leung case”, December 28).
The justice secretary is a civil servant, as such she serves the people, not herself. The law may not be subjective to emotional interpretation, but politics is. In Teresa Cheng we have a person whose inability to comprehend this undermines confidence in the judicial system; our chief executive in paragraph 2.14 of her election manifesto, titled “Judicial Independence”, told us how the chief justice has “spared no effort to maintain the high quality and standards of our judicial officers”, and promised full government support.
It would seem that Carrie Lam’s election slogan of “同行 WeConnect” has been disengaged.
Mark Peaker, The Peak