New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip says she thinks the “One Country Two Systems” principle has drifted apart in recent years.
Speaking on a Commercial Radio programme about the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, she said independence is not practical, and young people should understand that Hong Kong is only a special administration under Chinese rule and has no bargaining power.
She said both from the perspective of the central government, and from the viewpoint of some Hong Kong people, the implementation of the “One Country Two systems” principle had deviated from the original intention.
Ip said Beijing may think that its authority and sovereignty had not been respected, while some locals might feel the SAR’s high level of autonomy had been threatened.
She said the incoming administration had a lot of work to do to promote the concept and improve mutual trust.
The government and ruling parties have decided to extend the current Diet session, set to end June 18, by around 10 days to ensure passage of a controversial bill to punish conspiracy to commit a crime, ruling lawmakers said Saturday.
The extension is also necessary to enact a revised Penal Code to impose stiffer penalties on sexual offenses, the lawmakers said.
As the Diet session end nears, battling between the ruling and opposition blocs is likely to intensify, as the Democratic Party and three other opposition parties try to block passage of the conspiracy bill by submitting a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a censure motion against Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda.
The opposition parties also aim to grill the government over whether Abe sought to influence government approval for Kake Educational Institution to build a new university department in a special deregulation zone in western Japan.
Three similar bills to criminalize conspiracy to commit a crime failed to pass the Diet amid concerns that the legislation could be applied too broadly.
At a House of Councillors’ plenary session last week, Abe stressed the need to enact the legislation, saying it is the responsibility of the host country of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to take all possible measures to counter terrorism.
The drama began when the suspect, Noel Droni, asked a 37-year-old man outside the Times Square Church, on W. 51st St., if he was a Christian, cops said. When the man told Droni he was Christian, Droni allegedly pulled a red wrench from his backpack and smashed the church’s glass door.
Pix 11 He yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “(Our) God is greater,” and then vowed violence, police said. “I am going to blow up the church and come back and kill any Christians,” he said, according to court papers.
When police arrived and arrested Droni, he refused to answer questions, authorities said. He was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and is being held on $1,000 bail.
The incident happened around 6:36 p.m. on Monday at a church located at 237 W. 51st St.
He didn’t know it was against the law because the mandate to beat one’s wife is in the Qur’an:
“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” — Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)
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