Date
18 October 2017
Leung Kowk-hung feels pro-democrat lawmakers should resign and use the ensuing by-elections to send a stronger message to Beijing. Photo: RTHK
Leung Kowk-hung feels pro-democrat lawmakers should resign and use the ensuing by-elections to send a stronger message to Beijing. Photo: RTHK

Long Hair’s resignation proposal doesn’t find many takers

A proposal by lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung that pan-democrat legislators resign en masse and use the subsequent by-elections as a show of people’s desire for universal suffrage has not found favor with the targeted groups.  

Leung, a founding member of the League of Social Democrats, on Sunday put forward the resignation proposal, saying the ensuing by-elections can serve as a stronger referendum on political reforms.

The polls will show whether the public supports democrats or pro-Beijing parties, he said, expressing confidence that pan-democrats will not lose their seats, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Leung’s comments came after Silent Majority group co-founder Robert Chow said after last month’s referendum that the government also needs to listen to the citizens who did not vote in the unofficial poll. 

Civil Party leader Alan Leong, however, is not buying Leung’s proposal. He argued that the mock referendum last month has already showed the public’s view, and that there is no need for lawmakers to resign now and force by-elections just because of Chow’s criticism, the report said.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Emily Lau is also not supporting the resignation plan. She said her party will fully back the “Occupy Central” blockade, which she feels could take place earlier than planned. “It will be in August, if not July,” Sky Post quoted Lau as saying.

Chan Kin-man, associate professor at the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the “Occupy Central” protest will begin if the National People’s Congress maps out a too-narrow framework for Hong Kong political reform in a report that will be issued in August or September. If universal suffrage plan does not meet international standards, the Occupy Central movement could get further momentum, he said.

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