Date
4 December 2016
Claudia Mo said her firm stance against Hong Kong's "Chinization" conflicted with that of the Civic Party. Photo: HKEJ
Claudia Mo said her firm stance against Hong Kong's "Chinization" conflicted with that of the Civic Party. Photo: HKEJ

Claudia Mo quits Civic Party, keeps Legco seat as localist

Claudia Mo Man-ching said she is quitting the Civic Party she co-founded in 2006 but will continue to serve as a legislator under the localist banner.

Mo, 59, told a press conference that she decided to resign from the pro-democracy liberal political party she represented when she was re-elected in September because of differences on multiple issues such as localism and flilibustering in the Legislative Council, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

She will now represent Hong Kong First, a localist group she co-founded in 2013.

Although she stressed that parting does not have to involve vicious remarks, Mo said her firm stance against Hong Kong’s “Chinization” conflicted with that of the Civic Party, which she called “capricious” in many occasions.

She also said the party sometimes approved of filibustering at Legco and sometimes it didn’t.

But her biggest issue against the party is former legislator Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, whom she accused of lying his way to become the party’s chairman in 2010.

She said Chan had promised not to run for a Legco seat under the party in the 2012 election if he became the chairman, only to see him break his pledge and get elected that year.

Mo said she had been thinking of leaving the party since two years ago, but she had decided to delay her decision in view of several events, including the Occupy Movement in 2014 and the Legco election in September.

She also said she did not think she was re-elected purely on the basis of her party affiliation.

Asked about the fact that Mo received HK$200,000 from the party for her re-election campaign, former Civic Party chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit said what’s past is past and would not seek to ask Mo to return the amount.

Leong also said she and the party could still work together in the fight for democracy in Hong Kong.

Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, also a co-founder of the party and its current chairwoman, said the fact that Mo did not give the party a chance to persuade her to stay showed she had already made up her mind.

As for Mo’s accusation against Chan, Eu said Chan decided to run for a Legco seat in 2012 at the insistence of many party members.

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