26 October 2016
Stephen Hung Wan-shun refused to be drawn on the proposed electoral reform. Photo: HKEJ
Stephen Hung Wan-shun refused to be drawn on the proposed electoral reform. Photo: HKEJ

Law Society head asserts neutral stand on political reform

Stephen Hung Wan-shun, the Law Society’s president, said the group is a politically neutral body, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Hung said the society made its views clear in the past two years in its statements on constitutional reform.

At a news conference Monday, Hung focused his presentation on the future tasks of the group.

He refused to take a stand in the ongoing debate on electoral reform or to answer related questions.

While admitting he had encouraged the members of the group to voice their opinions on political reform, as he believes everyone has the right to express their views on it, he said no member’s view can represent that of the group.

The society should not and has no need to express its opinion on whether legislators should support the government’s reform package, which is based on a decision made by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, he said.

Asked about his personal views, Hung only replied it does not matter.

Ta Kung Pao reported Thursday that Hung and Melissa Kaye Pang, a vice president of the society,   had added their signatures to a campaign launched by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy in support of the government’s proposal.

Hung denied he was avoiding sensitive questions after what happened to his predecessor, Ambrose Lam San-keung, last year.

Lam, who had publicly supported a central government white paper on Hong Kong, resigned as president in August after losing a vote of confidence.

Hung said a delegation from the group is due to visit Beijing later this year or early next year and meet with officials in the Ministry of Justice and other departments.

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