Date
20 July 2017
Leung Chun-ying has invited all the pan-democratic legislators to a banquet, except Wong Yuk-man (right, in dark glasses) and Leung Kwok-hung. Photos: CNSA, HKEJ
Leung Chun-ying has invited all the pan-democratic legislators to a banquet, except Wong Yuk-man (right, in dark glasses) and Leung Kwok-hung. Photos: CNSA, HKEJ

Leung extends olive branch to (most) pan-democrats

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has invited 68 of the 70 legislative councilors to a banquet at Government House on May 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

However, radical legislators Raymond Wong Yuk-man and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung are not on the list. 

Some pro-establishment legislators said the dinner invitation to the pan-democrats, the first by Leung since he took office, was a gesture of reconciliation.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said the party’s six lawmakers will not go to the dinner.

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing, who will not be seeking re-election to the Legislative Council in September, said she will attend in her personal capacity.

People Power lawmakers Albert Chan Wai-yip and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen said they will not show up.

The Labour Party has yet to make an announcement regarding the invitation.

CY Leung issued the invitation Wednesday afternoon, on the back of news that Zhang Dejiang, who chairs the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, will visit Hong Kong on May 18 in what critics believe could be an attempt to mitigate the tense atmosphere on the local political scene.

The Office of the Chief Executive told members of the media that the banquet is intended as a treat for all lawmakers, as their term is coming to an end.

Leung Kwok-hung was excluded because of his attempt to disrupt the spring reception at Government House last year, the office said.

It was considered inappropriate to invite Wong as his assault trial, which involves the chief executive, is ongoing, it said.

Lawmaker Ip Kwok-him from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said he believed that the chief executive wanted to mingle with all legislators in a relaxed manner and that he hoped his colleagues among the pan-democrats would attend, as it would help promote communication.

Leung Kwok-hung said that, as a legislator, he should have been invited. He said the chief executive is being stingy and egotistical.

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