Fugitive law reform not a big deal for K Wah tycoon

Top News | Cindy Wan 21 May 2019

Business people should not fret too much over proposed changes to fugitive laws, says K Wah Group chairman Lui Che-woo.

Speaking after the administration decided to by pass the bills committee and put the amendment bill to the full legislature for a second reading, Lui said the amendment "is not a big deal" and will not affect the business environment.

On concerns that business people could be extradited to the mainland for crimes they commit unknowingly, the construction magnate said: "No matter where you go they have their own laws. But no one will mind too much if you don't break laws intentionally."

Lui called on lawmakers to discuss the issue with a fair and just attitude as people are less than impressed by brawls in the Legislative Council. He agreed it would be best to resume the second reading of the bill directly before the full council to avoid further delays.

"That would be best," he said.

Lui added that all legislators should make themselves heard during the full council meeting. "After we have a consensus we need to act according to the consensus," he said.

Regarding a trip by pan-democrats to the United States to lobby US congressmen against the fugitive law amendment, Lui chose not to denounce their actions as the issue had become an international matter.

But he quoted a Chinese saying about "not exposing family disgraces," suggesting that problems over the amendment should be resolved within the legislature.


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