Date
18 December 2017
Stanley Ng (inset) says a state security provision in the Basic Law can be revoked once Article 23 of Hong Kong's mini constitution, which deals with national security, passes. The idea came in the aftermath of the Occupy protests. RTHK, AFP
Stanley Ng (inset) says a state security provision in the Basic Law can be revoked once Article 23 of Hong Kong's mini constitution, which deals with national security, passes. The idea came in the aftermath of the Occupy protests. RTHK, AFP

NPC deputy backs state security provision in Basic Law

A local deputy to China’s legislature is calling for a state security provision in the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution.

National People’s Congress (NPC) delegate Stanley Ng said he and his allies will propose the measure, pending approval of a national security law under Article 23 of the Basic Law, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Once Article 23 passes, the state security law can be rescinded, he said. 

Ng, who heads the powerful Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, a pro-establishment group, made the comments during an interview Monday with Digital Broadcasting Corp.

China is expected to pass a state security law during the joint sessions of the NPC and the country’s top political consultative body in March.

Ng said the idea came in the aftermath of the 79-day democracy protests in Hong Kong and amid an academic discussion of self-determination.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong warned the proposal to adopt a state security provision in the Basic Law will disrupt the Hong Kong system and fan pro-independence sentiment when Hong Kong people begin to feel threatened.

Another NPC delegate, Ip Kwok-him, who represents the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said he will not support the move, citing insufficient public discussions.

Wang Man-kong, also an NPC deputy, said a state security law is suitable for Hong Kong.

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