SCMP Wednesday, September 6, 2000

400 HKU staff sign petition


Updated at 4.07pm:
Over 400 academic staff members at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have signed a petition campaigning for the university council to accept the findings of a report on the Robert Chung inquiry.
The council will meet on Wednesday afternoon to decide whether to accept the conclusion of the report produced by the three-member independent investigation panel chaired by Justice Mr Noel Power, which ruled in favour of pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu.
Among those who had signed the petition, started two days ago, were six of HKU's nine faculty deans, thirteen deputy deans and 20 centre directors.
Joseph Chan, one of the petition organisers, described the ongoing petitioning efforts by academic staff as ''historic''.
''I think the response has been excellent. It reflects that many teaching staff in this university are very concerned about the incident and many of them support the idea that the council should adopt the panel's report.''
The petition is to be submitted to the council.
The HKU Students' Union has launched a Web site, , on which members of the university and the public are invited to join the petition for the resignation of Professor Cheng Yiu-chung, HKU's vice-chancellor.
Students were planning to demonstrate outside the council meeting this evening and planned to take ''drastic measures'' such as strikes should the council reject the report.