Editorial : Two things to do after the amendment controversy

【明報專訊】DESPITE the government's decision to suspend the amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of people took part in a mass demonstration to make themselves heard, with Civil Human Rights Front claiming nearly two million people's participation and the police putting the number at 338,000 at its peak. This shows that many people are still dissatisfied, exerting pressure on the government. Things having so developed, the crux of the matter is whether the government will withdraw the amendment. The social atmosphere at present makes it impossible for the government to continue with the amendment. In other words, the amendment has become more or less a "zombie issue". The government will be asking for trouble to put a zombie beside itself. Our view is that the government should stop dawdling and withdraw the amendment.