Natalie Bennett, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hong Kong, has accused the Hong Kong police of violating human rights, specifically those of medical and humanitarian workers. To date, not one member of this parliamentary group has addressed the horrendous level of violence and lethal force unleashed against the police (“ Hong Kong police are duty-bound to restore public order ”, March 26). Ms Bennett now urges Hongkongers to submit evidence to the website set up. I therefore hope to read eyewitness accounts from genuine medical personnel who were present, and form my own opinion. Richard Farrar, Penang, Malaysia Crisis a fresh chance for government to show it cares Hong Kong, a small enclave with a diverse population of 7.5 million, is becoming more difficult to govern. In the colonial era, the governor was accountable only to the queen. But now, the chief executive has to serve two masters and office bearers have to deal with two sets of laws, namely, British common law and Chinese Basic Law, which can be in conflict with and contradict each other. As former Xinhua News Agency chief Jiang Enzhu once remarked, Hong Kong is a difficult book to read and understand. The history of Hong Kong is a chronicle of “challenge and response”. We have been very lucky indeed to witness Hong Kong’s miraculous transformation from barren rock to cosmopolitan business and financial hub. “One country, two systems” is a grand design. As renowned historian and former vice-chancellor at the University of Hong Kong, Professor Wang Gungwu, pointed out , Hong Kong practised “one country, two systems” even during British rule. As the British preserved Chinese traditional customs, the small-house policy was introduced in the 1970s. Hong Kong returned to the motherland 23 years ago and there is still a long way to go before 2047 . Why should the government come off the fence and introduce Article 23 ? Yes, this is an important issue but the government already has the trump card: the Basic Law. Coronavirus crisis is Carrie Lam’s rare chance to bridge Hong Kong’s divide The row caused by the extradition bill was self-invited trouble. The social movement and its repercussions weakened government credibility and affected trust in its ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak. The Hong Kong government has faced attacks from all quarters. Now, the coronavirus crisis is another acid test for the government, to show it cares. Lo Wai Kong, Lai Chi Kok Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.