Editorial : Central government should remain on the sidelines

【明報專訊】THE controversial issue of the amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance is developing in a way that is against Hong Kong people's wish. On the one hand, the Legislative Council is in a deadlock, with nothing coming of the negotiation between the pan‑democrats and the pro‑establishment camp. On the other hand, the Liaison Office and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office have weighed in with their support for the amendment, leading to concern whether the noose will be further tightened. The amendment is becoming increasingly internationalised, as the US has concerned itself with the issue in a high‑profile manner. This has complicated matters further.