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Revealing scandal is common

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Revealing scandal is common

The content of internal government talks about Article 23, which was revealed by Chief Executive Candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen suddenly in a CE Candidates debate, raised an issue about confidentiality rule and public interest. ((run-on))


Satsuki Leung


In the debate, Tang said that another candidate Leung Chun-ying announced to implement Article 23 by force and crack down on protesters with riot police and tear gas in an internal government talks in 2003.


Since the issue of Article 23 was objected by most citizens and leaded to a largest-scale protest in Hong Kong, Leung’s speech in the internal talks must lower the support from the public and thus the chance to win the CE election. Both the act of Tang’s reveal and the authenticity of his speech are concerned.


“Actually, the confidentiality rule of executive council isn’t protected by law,” said Lai Hing Ling, the former Secretary for Security, as a talk to Hong Kong Shue Yan University students yesterday. “If an employee unveils any news about his company, what the company can do is to fire that whistleblower.”


Lai used the tell-all books written by former US Presidents and UK Prime Ministers as an example. “Whether they are unethical varies from person to person,” he said.


Meanwhile, Lai reiterated that this does not mean everything have to be unclosed, even the public has the rights to know.


“When everything has a chance to be disclosed, all officials will be unwilling to make any statement or speech in meeting,” said Lai. “We can’t abuse the argument of public interest defense.”


However, Lai commented the current scandals in Hong Kong are too minor, compared with Watergate scandal. Moreover, exposing secrets are common in different business companies, which becomes a kind of culture.

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