Legislator Charles Mok Nai-kwong has rejected an invitation from chief executive Leung Chun-ying for a one-on-one meeting, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
The government is stepping up its efforts to lobby members of the pan-democrat camp to vote for its electoral reform proposal in the Legislative Council.
While Mok, who represents the information technology sector, refused to go to the meeting alone, he said he is prepared to meet Leung with fellow legislator Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, who represents the accountancy functional constituency.
Mok stressed that he should be meeting government officials responsible for the reform, not the chief executive.
The report said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen – commonly known as the political reform trio — have been busy setting up meetings with lawmakers who have said they would vote down the government’s proposal.
The newspaper cited unnamed members of the pan-democrat camp as saying they will respond to the government officials’ invitations in the name of their political parties and not individually as lawmakers.
Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit blasted the chief executive for trying to stir up the pan-democrats.
Leong said he is aware of Leung’s proposed solo meetings.
“Leung should know clearly that to the pro-democrats, he is nobody,” Leong said.
He said it is a lawmaker’s responsibility to meet government officials, but he has no idea what the outcome of the meetings will be.
Responding to media reports Wednesday that the central government might be willing to clarify that the universal suffrage proposal will be used only for the 2017 election for chief executive and that it could be optimized during the following term, Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said her party would not put up with the existing proposal, even just once, in 2017.
Civic Party legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah asked what practical promises Beijing can make to change the minds of those who oppose the government’s proposal.
Tong said there is zero likelihood at the moment of the bill being passed in Legco.
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