20 February 2019
Edward Yiu, Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung (left to right) had their own versions of the Legco oath of office. Photos: Reuters
Edward Yiu, Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung (left to right) had their own versions of the Legco oath of office. Photos: Reuters

Je suis Hong Kong, not China

Anti-establishment newcomers in the Legislative Council are making their cases loud and clear: We are Hong Kong, not China.

Their first day ended in chaos with three new members having failed to get their oath accepted, with constant disruptions that foreshadowed a tough grind in the next four years.

Yau Wai-ching was at it again.

In her oath, she said she will uphold the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

The word “Republic” sounded like “Re-f**king” of China.

She said it was a matter of accent, adding she had completed her declaration for all intents and purposes.

However, her declaration was deemed foul.

Similar to Yau’s pronunciation of “China”, Baggio Leung’s “Gin-na” (支那), was an impolite word referring to the largest nation in the world that was once used by Japan in the 1930s.

Leung said he would serve the “nation” of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and protect Hong Kong values.

But his declaration again was rejected because of the word “nation” and the reference to Hong Kong values.

Think mad dog Wong Yuk Man is gone and Legco is now peaceful? Think again.

Mad dog gave way to a group of localists who made it clear in a banner and in their attire that “Hong Kong is not China”.

Even Taiwan has not made its anti-China rhetoric so direct in its legislature.

But that might be because the Taiwanese have yet to elect any millennials.

In a prelude to filibustering, Lau Siu-lai read out her declaration for 12 minutes because she paused 10 seconds for every word she said.

Is this the new generation of civic protest against the government?

The declaration from the vocal Hong Kong Polytechnic University lecturer was accepted but not that of Edward Yiu, who represents the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape functional constituency.

Yiu was called out when he said he would support the Hong Kong system and fight for universal suffrage and sustainability for Hong Kong.

These words are not original text in the declaration.

The session was in progress at this writing.

If this is what we can expect in the next four years, we wish the incumbent — and the next chief executive if it is a different person — the best of luck.

We are not sure if Beijing will blame or kill Leung Chun-ying for Wednesday’s chaos. We should find out pretty soon if he will be allowed to run for a second term.

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