Date
20 October 2017
Claudia Mo's analogy between marriage and political reform did not resonate with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left).  Photo: HKEJ
Claudia Mo's analogy between marriage and political reform did not resonate with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left). Photo: HKEJ

Lawmaker mocks Carrie Lam’s ‘take it first’ mantra

What’s political reform got to do with marriage?

A Hong Kong legislator tried to draw an analogy, complete with a placard and a romantic line, but the attempt apparently went over the head of its intended target — Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam.

Lam said she could not see the connection, according to Metro Daily, but it was she who inspired Civic Party legislator Claudia Mo to try to make the comparison, albeit mockingly.

It was a spin on Lam’s assertion that Hong Kong should accept whatever form of election model it’s handed by Beijing and take it from there.

Lam was addressing the Legislative Council ahead of a National People’s Congress session that will rubber-stamp Beijing’s preferred scheme for selecting the candidates for the 2017 chief executive election.

Hong Kong pro-democracy groups want a public nomination model and universal suffrage; Beijing prefers screening by a nominating committee along patriotic lines.

Lam said there will be a clarification from the NPC regarding the final form of the election model but added it is normal to expect screening in the nominating process.

Universal suffrage should be carried out according to a legal framework and not dictated by so-called international standards without a unified definition, she said.

Mo dramatized her disagreement by raising a placard that read: “Yuet-ngor, I love you so much, just married first,” referencing Lam’s Chinese first name. 

It all seemed to suggest that as in a marriage, you’re going to be stuck if you accept whatever is handed to you by Beijing.

Lam was echoing NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang who said universal suffrage is not the ultimate goal of the 2017 chief executive election but only a big step in the process.

She said universal suffrage will come to Hong Kong one step at a time.

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