Date
22 September 2017
(Clockwise, from top left) Frederick Fung, Charles Mok,  Kenneth Leung, Ronny Tong, Joseph Lee Kok-long and Ip Kin-yuen are among the pan-democratic lawmakers who could decide the fate of Hong Kong's political reform legislation. Photos: HKEJ
(Clockwise, from top left) Frederick Fung, Charles Mok, Kenneth Leung, Ronny Tong, Joseph Lee Kok-long and Ip Kin-yuen are among the pan-democratic lawmakers who could decide the fate of Hong Kong's political reform legislation. Photos: HKEJ

Some pan-democrats seen as swing factor on political reform bill

Some Legislative Councilors of the pan-democratic camp have emerged as likely lobbying targets for Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam to solicit support for the political reform bill, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Lam said on Wednesday that she would endeavor to win support of at least four pan-democrat lawmakers in order to facilitate the passing of the bill at the Legislative Council this year.

Legislators Frederick Fung, Kenneth Leung, Charles Mok, Ip Kin-yuen, Joseph Lee Kok-long and Ronny Tong have long been regarded as possible targets for the government since the beginning of the Occupy Central protests, as the government would need votes from at least two-thirds of the lawmakers to pass the universal suffrage proposal for 2017.

However, as of now the lawmakers are stressing that they won’t support the Beijing-mandated reform proposal.

Fung said he will not change his mind and support the political reform bill, nor will he participate in the consultation exercise that is ongoing. He said it is impossible to turn the elections into genuine universal suffrage given the rules outlined by China’s National People’s Congress.

Fung’s stance was echoed by Mok, Leung, Ip and Lee, who said they will stick to their decisions to oppose the political reform proposal from the government.

Leung said the government does not even need to contact him at all.

Tong said he does not see any room for change in the political reform proposal, and that the consultation period may not last even two weeks.

However, he added that if Beijing promises that the functional constituency elections will be canceled in 2020 and that the nomination requirements for Chief Executive election can be lowered for 2022, he may reconsider his plans and possibly accept the existing political reform proposal.

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