Date
23 September 2017
Leung Kwok-hung, who was among the four legislators disqualified earlier this month, says the issue goes far beyond the future of the lawmakers. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Kwok-hung, who was among the four legislators disqualified earlier this month, says the issue goes far beyond the future of the lawmakers. Photo: HKEJ

‘Long Hair’ vents on disqualification saga

Leung Kwok-hung, one of the four members disqualified recently from the Legislative Council for improper oath-taking, has again lashed out at the government, accusing it of failing to respect people’s mandate. 

Disqualification of legislators amounts to nullifying a significant portion of the votes cast by the public in the 2016 Legco election, he said.

The radical lawmaker, comonly known as “Long Hair”, took aim at Hong Kong’s new chief executive, Carrie Lam, saying she should not be allowed to “hide at the back” and do nothing in relation to the recent developments.

If Lam is sincere about seeking a break from the previous regime, she should at least offer a waiver for the disqualified lawmakers on claims related to legal costs, Leung said in an interview.

The Hong Kong Bar Association should also speak up on the matter, he told the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

While the court ruling 10 days ago was a setback, Leung urged the pan-democrats to have faith in the public and await other opportunities.

Leung admitted that social movements have reached a low point after political suppression in the wake of the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

It has become more difficult to mobilize for any new social movements as many of the organizers are facing prosecution themselves, he said.

That said, Leung insisted that he remains hopeful, saying that we must continue to repose faith in ordinary citizens.

We shouldn’t forget that it was the common people who came out and blocked the roads during the Occupy movement, actions that in turn helped inspire and unite the pan-democratic camp, he said.

But with regard to the recent developments, the public doesn’t seem to fully realize the seriousness of the matter, Leung said, warning that lawmakers’ disqualification amounts to election results being altered or manipulated.

Pan-democrats should engage with the masses face to face more often, and not just solicit votes during elections, the radical lawmaker added.

As long as the pan-democrats act in the interest of people, democracy will prevail over time, he said.

Though problems have been mounting for the opposition, Leung insisted that he hasn’t lost faith in the cause.

In related news, Cardinal Joseph Zen wrote in a blog post that a massive riot would have broken out if a similar canceling of the seats of representatives took place in another country.

Lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who is vice-chairman of the Labour Party, said authorities appear to be trying all possible means to alter the results of the Legco election, while also seeking to pressure the pan-democratic camp over passage of some key financial bills in the legislature.

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