Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Paralysis in Legco Continues

Shielded by pan-democrats, Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung enter Legco
There was more drama at the Legislative Council this morning. It's so strange how things can change so much within two years.

To start, surrounding Legco were thousands of protestors, pro-Beijing ones who denounced Youngspiration localist lawmakers Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching for saying their oaths wrong two weeks ago.

Pro-Beijing protesters demand Leung and Yau resign
They chanted slogans, waved Chinese flags and had placards saying Leung and Yau should resign.

When they were first sworn in on October 12, Leung and Yau had said "the People's Republic of Chee-na" instead of "China" which the pro-establishment says is a variation of the derogatory term "Shina" used by Japan during World War II.

Legco President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen voided their oaths and so they were going to try to take them again last week, but the pro-establishment walked out of the Legislative Council chamber so there wasn't enough quorum.

Then last night Andrew Leung made a U-turn and decided to wait until the court decides on the judicial review of his decision on allowing Sixtus Leung and Yau to re-take their oaths.

Andrew Leung abruptly adjourned the meeting again this week
He seems to have caved into his pro-Beijing colleagues' and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's demands, but Andrew Leung claims he is following protocol. However at this moment, the way things are headed in Legco, there is no precedence.

This morning there was even a notice on the door to the chamber saying Sixtus Leung and Yau should not be allowed into the chamber.

However, in a dramatic fashion, some pan-democrats shielded the pair, escorting them in, surrounded by the media, who spilled into the chamber. Sixtus Leung and Yau had hoped that by entering the chamber they would have a chance of being sworn in.

But Andrew Leung immediately told the pair to leave, but they refused, and so he adjourned the meeting.

Excuse me -- as a taxpayer and voter, I'd like to know when will this insane fiasco ever end?

The pair already acknowledge their mistake and all of us would like the people we elected to get on with business.

How long do we have to wait for this pair to be sworn in?
The political grandstanding, particularly from the pro-establishment side is ridiculous. At the same time the pan-democrats are in uncomfortable territory -- they want to support the process of Sixtus Leung and Yau getting sworn in, but not necessarily what they stand for.

But they all called for Andrew Leung to step down, claiming he was incompetent as Legco President, and besides, his paperwork seems dodgy too.

No doubt Sixtus Leung and Yau were childish about what they did two weeks ago, but they have probably grown up intensely in that time and realize that they did go too far, and that Legco really means business.

But at the same time they see people more than twice their age throwing tantrums in Legco which makes you wonder -- who's taking the high road here?

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