14 June 2001
Why is Falun Gong an evil
Democratic Party asked the Chief Executive
Democratic Party member Albert Ho confronted the Chief Executive Tung
Chee-hwa with the above question in the Legislative Council this
afternoon. In reply to a question from a Pro-Beijing legislator, Mr.
Chan Kam-lam, Mr. Tung stated categorically that the Falun Gong Group in Hong
Kong was an evil cult. This constitutes a hardening of the Government's
position towards the Falun Gong since in his last Q & A session in the
LegCo in February 2001, Mr. Tung described the Group as more or less having
the characteristics of an evil cult.
As Mr. Tung was unable to give any reason justifying his
change of view towards the Falun Gong Group in Hong Kong, which up to now, is
acknowledged by all senior Government officials as not having committed any
breach of Hong Kong law, Mr. Ho expressed concern that the SAR Government had
been pressed by Beijing to adopt a hard line against the Group in Hong Kong.
"Any move to tighten control over the Falun Gong
Group in Hong Kong would be a threat to religious and other freedoms and would
undermine the rule of law in Hong Kong," said Martin Lee, Chairman of the
Mr. Lee also expressed his fear that the Chief
Executive's condemnation of the Falun Gong as an evil cult in the absence of
any hard evidence was tantamount to putting his own view above the law.
The Democratic Party warns that any such attack by senior Government
officials would not only harm Hong Kong's international image but also
undermine the "one country, two systems" principle.
Martin Lee, Chairman of the Democratic Party