Suppose you are a production foreman. You are required to produce certain quantity of goods, but you are not given authority to hire additional people, to authorize overtime, .... Then should you be held accountable when you fail to produce the required number?
Imagine yourself being the Department Head of a Government Department (in Hong Kong), what authority do you have in firing people, in assigning people to the posts you want, in removing people whom you think not suitable for a particular job, .....
The red-tape, the existing "rules, by-rules" severely limit the actions of the Department Head. Before we put blame on anyone, let us find out what authority to carry out that responsibility has been given him.
Tony Miller is one of the best civil servants Hong Kong has, and Tony Miller holds fast to his conscience.
The former Head of Inland Revenue Department is a good civil servant. Also he holds fast to his conscience. He was discharged because his wife gave secretarial service to companies (that includes filing of tax returns). But Chartered Secretaries, Chartered Accountants, usually provide such services.
Anson Chan resigned. I think she also holds fast her conscience.
Every one of us should hold fast our conscience, and fear LORD and not men.
Every one of us should have the courage to do what is right in the sight of LORD. When such accusation against such good people are put forward openly, every citizen should speak out. Let each of us give our own verdict.
In the old times, when someone accuses another one of something, and should that accusation be found false. The accuser will face punishment.
Moses : "If a malicious witness rises against any man to accuse him of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days; the judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother; so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you. And the rest shall hear, and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you. Your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." [Deut 19:16-21]
We will face the Almighty one day, before the Judgement seat, and He will ask everything. Let everyone of us keep this in mind.