Date
4 December 2016
Regina Ip and Carrie Lam (inset. from left) gave their take on the controversy surrounding Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Savantas
Regina Ip and Carrie Lam (inset. from left) gave their take on the controversy surrounding Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Savantas

Pro-govt lawmakers vow to stop localist duo from retaking oaths

Pro-establishment lawmakers are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop two localist lawmakers-elect from retaking their oaths.

New People’s Party leader Regina Ip told a forum on Sunday that they are prepared for another walkout to force another adjournment, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

On Wednesday, Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were unable to take their oaths after a walkout by the pro-government camp denied the chamber a quorum.

An earlier oath-taking was declared invalid after the pair refused to follow the official oath in a move deemed insulting to China.

Ip said the pro-establishment camp could also resort to filibuster or file a motion to suspend Legco’s rules of procedure.

She said she expects the pro-democracy camp to challenge the move, thereby stretching out the process.

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have demanded an apology from Leung and Yau but the duo continue to insist they have done nothing wrong.

On Monday, Legco President Andrew Leung will decide whether they can retake the oath on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told the another event that the public should understand why pro-establishment lawmakers forced the adjournment.

She said the lawmakers were “of one mind” and contrasted their action with filibustering which she said prevents important bills from being passed.

Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok urged Andrew Leung to resist pressure and stick to his earlier decision to allow the pair to retake their oaths, even if they have done “naive and irresponsible things”.

Pan-democrats were set to discuss the issue with Andrew Leung on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, a new alliance formed to counter insults against China and curb the pro-independence movement said it will hold a rally on Wednesday to stop Andrew Leung from allowing the pair to be sworn in again.

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