A former chairman of the Legislative Council says he would resign if he was in the same predicament as Jasper Tsang.
Andrew Wong, who presided over Legco from 1995 to 1997, said Tsang violated neutrality by taking part in a WhatsApp conversation with a group of pro-establishment lawmakers during last week’s vote on the election reform bill.
Ming Pao Daily cites Wong as saying it’s up to Legco to decide Tsang’s fate but that he would have quit if he was in a similar situation.
Wong said Legco’s leaders should distance themselves from the affairs of their party, if not sever their ties to them.
He said as Legco chairman in the two years before the handover, he avoided association with any political parties.
Wong said he would not have participated in the WhatsApp discussion which came to light after it was leaked to the media by a pro-establishment legislator.
Political commentator Ma Ngok of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said the incident is a big blow to Tsang’s public image and integrity.
“If you are found to be strategizing ways to control the meeting with the pro-establishment camp, how can you convince people you will coordinate the meeting impartially?” Ma said.
Ma said Tsang should resign the Legco presidency.
Former legislative councilor Margaret Ng said Tsang may not have violated the chamber’s rules of procedure but he has to deal with the fact that he is held to high public standards.
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