Date
21 September 2017
Former Liberal Party leader James Tien visits Occupy protesters in the final stages of the campaign. Photo: HKEJ
Former Liberal Party leader James Tien visits Occupy protesters in the final stages of the campaign. Photo: HKEJ

James Tien’s expulsion from CPPCC excluded from govt report

The government’s Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong left out key events during the period it cover, from Aug. 31 to Dec. 15, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The report to Beijing fails to mention that several representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students had their home return permits cancelled when they tried to travel to the mainland seeking dialogue with officials, nor does it mention in its main section that police moved cases of rubber bullets into the office of the chief executive on October 2.

Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun being stripped of his membership of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference after he urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to consider stepping down is also omitted from the report.

Tien said it should have included his sacking as a CPPCC member, saying that the report has failed to reflect that Leung Chun-ying’s administration has underperformed.

However, the report does include a disclaimer that it cannot guarantee that all comments and opinions from every organization and individual could be collected and published, and that the authorities did not conduct any independent research to verify the accuracy of the information.

The Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) was quoted nine times in the report, including its open letter criticizing some pan-democrats for encouraging people to disobey court orders.

However, the report does not include in its main section HKBA chairman Paul Shieh Wing-tai’s comments criticizing the restriction imposed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee that to qualify as a candidate for chief executive in 2017, a person must secure over half of the votes from the nomination committee.

The remarks are included in one of the report’s appendices.

The report mentioned the Hong Kong Federation of Students 318 times, student group Scholarism 151 times and the Occupy Central movement 58 times. 

It also included the fact that the parents of Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung asked the police to release their son and stop abusing their power.

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