Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Who do You Swear Allegiance to?

Tomorrow legislators swear allegiance to the HKSAR... or won't they?
Tomorrow the newly elected legislative councillors will begin their first day in office by taking the oath in the Legislative Council. Article 104 of the Basic Law says oath-taking legislators must swear to uphold the Basic Law and allegiance to Hong Kong as a special administrative region.

However there are fears some of them, especially the localists, may give their own version of the oath, and the Hong Kong government has already warned that any deviation may result in losing their Legco seats.

"Legislators must take their oath in a manner and form that is lawful," the government said in a statement on the eve of the first meeting of the new Legco.

Sixtus "Baggio" Leung plans to do his own version of the oath
"If a member swears his or her oath in a manner or form that is inconsistent with the ordinance... the oath offends the Basic Law and will therefore be unlawful and of no legal effect," the statement read.

"Any person who declines or neglects to take an oath duly requested which he or she is required to take shall vacate office or be disqualified from entering it."

The government stressed taking the oath was a "constitutional requirement" and the form of the oath was prescribed by the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance.

Despite the warning, Sixtus "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang from Youngspiration was defiant.

He said he still planned to get around the rules by still fulfilling the oath requirements and standing up for what he believed in.

But fellow activist Eddie Chu Hoi-dick didn't want to make much fuss. Chu obviously has other battles to fight than over the wording of the oath.

Ta Kung Pao (front) warns punishment if not following rules
The pro-Beijing side will be carefully watching the proceedings tomorrow and if they feel anyone has violated the oath will bring it up with the Legco secretariat.

Ta Kung Pao, a pro-Beijing newspaper also hinted consequences if the localists didn't follow the rules.

"No one should underestimate the central government's determination in getting rid of 'Hong Kong independence'," the report quoted an "authoritative source" as saying.

However, many believe the localist legislators would not want to jeopardize their hard-earned seats over the wording of the oath.

So we'll have to see how it goes tomorrow, but it sounds like one side is trying to vilify the other before things have officially started.

1 comment:

  1. yeah. allegiance. mine is to japs. curious about yours...?