A group of legislators is demanding a formal apology from two lawmakers before they are allowed to retake their oath on Wednesday.
They said localists Sixtus “Baggio” Leung and Yau Wai-ching should be disqualified if they again fail to recite the prescribed oath, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Four pro-establishment lawmakers – Priscilla Leung, Junius Ho, Holden Chow and Horace Cheung — sent a letter to Legco president Andrew Leung after 37 pro-Beijing legislators demanded an apology from Sixtus Leung and Yau for insulting China.
Priscilla Leung said the two lawmakers-elect from Youngspiration party should be allowed to retake the oath only after they have apologized.
At their swearing-in on Wednesday, Yau unfurled a banner with the words “Hong Kong is not China”.
Sixtus Leung pronounced China “Chee-na”, a derogatory name used by the Japanese during the war. He said it was a “matter of accent”.
Andrew Leung discussed the issue with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Monday.
He said he will make a decision Tuesday on how to deal with the duo and several others.
However, he said he has no right to ask the concerned lawmakers to apologize and it is their responsibility to face the public.
Pan-democratic lawmakers who met with Leung asked for a criteria for his decision.
Meanwhile, Sixtus Leung and Yau continued to insist they have done nothing wrong and that there is no need to apologize.
Leung said he might read out the official oath even if it’s against his principles if only to keep his seat.
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