New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee broke into tears during a radio program on Friday over her failure to vote for the government’s political reform package.
Ip joined other pro-Beijing legislators on Thursday in storming out of the Legislative Council chamber in a bungled attempt to delay the vote while waiting for a tardy colleague to show up and cast his vote.
However, their action failed as the vote continued and the Beijing-backed bill was defeated overwhelmingly.
Ip said for the past 20 months, government officials and pro-establishment lawmakers have put a lot of effort in pushing the proposal for the 2017 chief executive election.
That’s why she was very disappointed to see the bill vetoed despite gaining the support of the majority of Hong Kong people, she said.
She said she has disappointed her supporters, party members and history.
Ip is widely tipped as a potential candidate for the chief executive election.
She also said the lawmakers who walked out did not behave improperly.
“Liberal Party members didn’t walk out because they did not know what was happening,” she told the Commercial Radio program.
“I was able to join the walkout because I received the message quickly [on WhatsApp] from members [of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong],” Ip said.
Pro-democracy legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit, who was also a guest on the program, tried to console Ip, saying she should not feel sad.
The Civic Party leader said the pro-establishment camp should join pan-democrats in calling for a relaunch of the political reform.
Leong also said the government won’t be able to address livelihood and economic problems if political issues remained unresolved.
Ip said the government should focus on livelihood and economic matters at the moment.
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