Yu Man Hon incident
the Yu Man Hon incident, the morale of officers must not be an excuse
for their wrongdoings.
would like to respond to the speech by Mr. Chiu See Wai, the chairman
of the Immigration Service Officers?Association. It was reported
in the South China Morning Post on 22 September 2000, in an article
titled “Unions Urge Fair Hearing?
Chiu commented on the internal investigation of Yu Man Hon incident.
He was worried that the morale of officers might drop if the department
seeks scapegoats to relieve public pressure.
he warned that there should be a balance between staff errors and
the lack of manpower. I can hardly agree with what Mr. Chiu said.
According to him, the shortage of manpower has exerted great pressure
on frontline officers. Hence, the incident is excusable.
incident is the result of reckless decisions made by the officers.
These officers lack sensitivity and competency when dealing with
a mentally impaired subject. The shortage of manpower is not the
the officers failed to identify Yu Man Hon’s autism. During the
custody, the boy lost his temper and urinated in the interview room.
Shenzhen officers reminded the SAR officers that Yu Man Hon might
have a mental problem, but the immigration officers ignored it.
facts have shown that it is unreasonable and insensible for the
officers to disregard the boy’s mental disability.
the officer misbelieved that the boy was an illegal immigrant merely
based on surface evidence. Such evidence included the brand names
on his clothes, his shoes, and his response to questions regarding
popular local singers.
is common for ordinary Hong Kong people to have a bias towards mainlanders.
But it is surprising that the officers judged the case with bias
and prejudice. No in-depth inquiries or reasonable decisions have
it is proved that the officers have performed their duties recklessly,
they must be responsible for the misconduct and the association
should provide no excuse either on the grounds of official morale
or manpower shortage.
is said that history will be eliminated from secondary school curricula.
I have also heard rumours that it will be cancelled in university
strongly urge education specialists or the Education Department
to think twice before they “erase history?
provides us with a basis for reflection. I believe that we can gain
a lot from studying virtues or wrongdoings of the past.
there are still students who have a great passion for history. And
if it were not provided at the university level, who would teach
history to the next generation?
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