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‘Government should grant domestic helpers the right of abode without any hesitation’, says Cardinal Zen

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‘Government should grant domestic helpers the right of abode without any hesitation’, says Cardinal Zen

20th December 2011

Equality has always been one of the core values of Hong Kong society, yet retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun pointed out that the goodness has gone. He believes that racism is still of major concern, “it’s pathetic to witness the changes in Hong Kong, especially when it comes to fighting against human right and equality. Discrimination still exists, no matter how civilized Hong Kong society is,” said Cardinal Zen. He expressed his concerns over the fight for domestic helper’s right of abode, and he believed that the Government should grant them the right without any hesitation.

Cardinal Zen was the sixth Bishop of Hong Kong and was elevated to cardinalate in 2006. He has done a lot in fighting for human rights, political freedom and religious liberty, and his sacrifices are widely recognized. “Generosity and equality have always been the core values of the Catholic Church. God made people in His image, and no one should be discriminated against,” said Cardinal Zen.

In the past few months, domestic helpers’ right of abode has been the bone of contention. Many criticized that if these domestic helpers were granted with the right of abode, Hong Kong would struggle in providing welfares and other privileges to them. Yet Cardinal Zen believes that domestic helpers deserve the right of abode, “they have shared the burdens of many local families, and have given them a helping hand. Without them, some people would have to stay at home and deal with all housework instead of going to work. These domestic helpers did contribute to the development of Hong Kong’s economy to certain extent.”

“The selfishness of Hong Kong government could apparently be seen. Government tried to take away their right, and this is obviously an unfair and discriminating act. Domestic helpers should be offered help and care from society,” said Cardinal Zen. He also believes that even some of these domestic helpers need to apply for the government’s Comprehensive Social Security Assurance, it’s still reasonable and the government should approve the application without hesitation.

Cardinal Zen considered the application on interpretation of law from Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on right of abode in Hong Kong unreasonable. “The Basic Law stated that the Court of Final Appeal is the only court that could do the application. Such application on such issue is destructing both the judiciary system and its dependence in Hong Kong, which is in fact the core value of the one-country-two-system,” he said. He expressed his concerns over the future of Hong Kong society, and he stressed that unless the Government goes back on to the right track, society’s future is in doubt.


Comments from Ms Isabelle Umugwaneza:
Great job! The article is well written, and the cardinal's stance is clear. Be careful of repeating yourself, as some points were well made in the beginning, and need not to be reiterated.


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