Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Troubling Times Ahead

Yau Wai-ching's and Sixtus Leung's fates will be decided politically and legally
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying seems determined to make a point that he is in charge of the city by having Beijing decide on the interpretation of the Basic Law with regards to the two localist lawmakers.

Leung was supposed to go to Beijing this week but instead will stay behind to see how the matter plays out in the High Court in the judicial review to bar Youngspiration's Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching from taking their seats in the Legislative Council.

CY Leung is getting Beijing's decision on the two localists
The National People's Congress Standing Committee is meeting this Thursday to discuss the Hong Kong issue -- this is unprecedented because it wasn't originally on the agenda.

But the seriousness with which the NPC Standing Committee is dealing with the matter is an indication that Beijing is not happy with the independence movement in Hong Kong and things may not bode well for Sixtus Leung and Yau.

Already state media have stepped up their attacks on the young pair for saying "The People's Republic of Chee-na", mimicking the offensive term "Shina" used by Japan during World War II, and for the localists holding up banners that read "Hong Kong is not China".

Letting Beijing decide on the matter rather than waiting for the courts is not a good sign; it is a further erosion of rule of law and faith in Hong Kong's core institutions. What if the court rules one way and the NPC Standing Committee another?

The NPC Standing Committee will meet on Thursday
How does this resolve anything except boost someone's political ego and supposed superiority?

This is not what Hong Kong is about. It is about being fair and honest before the law.

Where does it say in the Basic Law that a lawmaker only has one chance to be sworn in and if they do it wrong they are barred from office?

These people were voted democratically by tens of thousands of people. Do their votes not count?

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