Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tumultuous Start in Legco

Yau Wai-ching displays a banner before taking her oath -- but was rejected
If today's swearing-in of the legislators is a sign of Hong Kong in the next four years, it's going to be a rocky one to say the least.

As promised, some of the localists, Youngspiration's Sixtus "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching were rejected when they each had a blue banner with an outline map of the city that said "Hong Kong is not China".

Legco secretary general Kenneth Chen Wei-on pointed out what was written on the banner went against the oath the lawmakers had to take and also criticized the way both Leung and Yau pronounced China as "Cheena". Yau was asked to retake the oath two more times and even said "the people's re-f***ing of cheena"...

Sixtus "Baggio" Leung wears the banner and is rejected too
Another localist, Lau Siu-lai added a mini speech before taking her oath:

"I will walk with Hong Kong people, link up the inside and the outside of the legislature, and resist the autocratic regime," she said. "We must live in truth and integrity, and break the coldness and timidity of our society. We must also seek hope in the dark, and open the path of democratic self-determination. We must topple the high wall, and determine for ourselves and strengthen ourselves."

It took her eight minutes to read out her oath, pausing five to eight seconds between each word. Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu called out, saying her approach was "stupid".

Then when Nathan Law Kwun-chung had to take the oath, he demanded Chen explain why the three localists before him were rejected and had to take the oath again, but Chen refused to answer, saying it was time to take a break.

All the localists will have to retake their oaths again next week, but they were also trying to delay the vote of Lego president, but to no avail.

Andrew Leung was voted in as Legco president, but not by all
The front runner was pro-Beijing lawmaker Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, but there were questions days before about his nationality because he was carrying a British passport.

Today he announced that the paperwork to rescind his citizenship was underway, but had no physical proof that he was not British anymore, and thus the tactics to try to delay the vote for Legco president.

However through political manoeuvering, Leung was voted in 38 to 0, with the localists ineligible to vote and pan-democrats ripping up their ballots in protest because they felt Leung's citizenship status was not clarified.

Many lawmakers also feel that when Leung was acting president, he operated more like a dictator. But it seems like the matter is done and now we have a Legco that is even more divided than before.

But this is what the people wanted in the election...

Which is probably why in other news, one in four people are looking to emigrate from Hong Kong, with one in 10 already moving towards that goal.

Can we not find some kind of middle ground and get things done for the best interests of Hong Kong? Or will today be an indication of what every Wednesday will be like in Legco for the next four years?

2 comments:

  1. Something I also found notable about the oath-taking was that a number of pro-democrats/localists decided to use English, and one pro-Beijinger (Concordia University graduate Ann Chiang) chose to do so in Putonghua rather than Cantonese... It seems like these legislative councillors really aren't speaking the same language as well as seeing eye to eye!

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  2. Hi YTSL -- interesting observation!!!

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