Date
22 November 2017
Executive Council member Fanny Law (left) is said to have threatened legislator Albert Chan (right) via a text message. Photo: HKEJ
Executive Council member Fanny Law (left) is said to have threatened legislator Albert Chan (right) via a text message. Photo: HKEJ

Fanny Law likens filibuster to beheading by Islamic State

Executive Council member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun voiced extreme disappointment and regret after filibustering by some pan-democrat lawmakers prevented approval for funding of the proposed Innovation and Technology Bureau, am730 reported.

Law said the filibuster has hurt the interest of the innocent and could be compared to the beheading of hostages by Islamic State militants.

Reacting to Law’s remarks, lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip of People Power said the Exco member has delusional disorder.

Fellow Exco member Regina Ip of the New People’s Party agreed that Law’s comments were over the top.

As the chairperson of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Corporation, Law led government efforts to secure approval for funding of the new technology bureau at the Legislative Council by the deadline last Saturday.

Law said she was being highly respectful to the pan-democrats and had requested meetings with them but her invitations were always turned down.

Chan revealed that Law sent him a text message a few days ago, warning that “what goes around comes around and those who hurt the innocent will be destroyed”.

Law said in a radio program on Sunday that she had no malicious intent in her text message to Chan, but added that the Legco finance committee’s failure to vote on the HK$35 million funding request for the new bureau was as heartbreaking as the action of Islamist fighters to behead their hostages.

Chan said that as a Christian, he felt insulted by being compared to Islamic State extremists.

Cyd Ho of the Labour Party and Kenneth Chan Ka-lok of the Civic Party also criticized Law for her peculiar metaphor.

Ip said some legislators delayed a government program through filibuster, but their action was done without violence.

As such, it was inappropriate to compare them with the Islamic State, which is an extreme terrorist organization, she said.

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