Unpublished Letters on the SCMP
I disagree with the letter of Murtaza Gujar (“Tsang, like us, is not above the law” June 16) and I agree with sister Margaret Fung (“Show some compassion to Tsang”June 13).
Normally it is a cruelty to follow the law by the letter. Laws should be interpreted going back to the spirit of the legislator and considering all possible mitigating factors. When dealing with an head of State a strong mitigating factor should be the good that he did for the common people.
Mr. Murtaza Gujar cites empires of history who disappeared because the rulers thought to be above the law. Yes, but all depend on which were the laws, just think of Sparta where the law was cruelly applied, today it is reduced to a small village. Or I may cite Publius Horatius who killed his sister in anger, because she did cry for one of the enemies of Rome he had slained, since she was in love with him. He was condemned to death by the Court, but a jurist suggested that he should appeal to the roman people and they pardoned him, because of his past deeds. Laws are made by the people, not against the interest of the people.
Finally, I don’t think that Hong Kong has anything to learn from Singapore about the rule of law. Just try to say something against the boss and his family, to see what will happen to you.