Date
24 May 2017
(From left) Jeffrey Lam, Starry Lee and Regina Ip are being urged to quit the Executive Council for their failure to vote for the government's election reform package. Photos: HKEJ, TVB, i-Cable
(From left) Jeffrey Lam, Starry Lee and Regina Ip are being urged to quit the Executive Council for their failure to vote for the government's election reform package. Photos: HKEJ, TVB, i-Cable

Pressure mounts for Exco trio to quit over Legco voting blunder

Pressure is mounting for the three Executive Council members who failed to cast their ballots in last week’s voting on the political reform bill to resign.

The trio — Starry Lee, chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Regina Ip, chairperson of New People’s Party, and Jeffrey Lam, vice chairman of Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong — were among the pro-establishment lawmakers who staged a walkout at the Legislative Council that led to the government’s proposal for the 2017 chief executive election being vetoed overwhelmingly.

Former secretary for commerce and economic development Frederick Ma said the trio should quit the Executive Council and allow the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to urge them to stay in their jobs.

Such action would help maintain public confidence in the Executive Council, which serves as the government’s core policy-making body, Ma said.

However, Legco president Jasper Tsang said he doesn’t think the three Executive Council members should quit, Apple Daily reported on Monday.

Even the Chief Executive has not made any criticism over the blunder that led to the landslide defeat of the government proposal, Tsang said.

Speaking to media representatives, Tsang asked rhetorically if they should consider someone as against the government bill just because he or she did not vote.

He admitted the decision to resign from the Executive Council will be a political one, and it has to be made by the parties concerned as well as the chief executive.

The Legco chief said he believes the public will come to understand and accept the pro-establishment camp’s action.

He also lauded Jeffrey Lam and DAB’s Tam Yiu-chung for swiftly owning their responsibility in the walkout, adding that he didn’t see the pro-establishment camp passing the blame to others.

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