Date
16 October 2017
Claudia Mo (L) says she will go ahead with a censure motion against Junius Ho despite a call from the pro-establishment lawmaker to abandon the bid. Photos: HKEJ
Claudia Mo (L) says she will go ahead with a censure motion against Junius Ho despite a call from the pro-establishment lawmaker to abandon the bid. Photos: HKEJ

Junius Ho urges fellow lawmaker Mo to drop censure motion

Pro-establishment politician Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, who had enraged many with his “kill without mercy” remarks against independence advocates, has urged fellow lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching not to proceed with a censure motion in the Legislative Council.

Mo, who is to officially table a censure motion in the Legco on Oct. 18, said she has received a letter from Ho requesting that she withdraw the motion related to the former’s controversial comments.

In the letter, Ho called on the pan-democrat lawmaker to abandon the censure bid, saying that she should use Legco time more wisely to serve Hong Kong people better.

Ho claimed once again that the remarks he made during a public speech last month should not be construed as a call for violence against independence advocates.

Mo, meanwhile, replied on her Facebook page that she is not ready to become “pen pals” with Ho.

Responding to a query from news website HK01.com, Mo stressed that she will not take back the motion, saying it is a serious matter and that it “cannot be handled and resolved in private”.

The pan-democrat posted a photo of Ho’s letter on her Facebook page, which showed Ho claiming that 18 Legco members have accepted his explanation regarding his reported comments last month.

Ho had said earlier that his remarks about killing without mercy should not be taken literally, and that he may have just used wrong words to express his strong feelings against separatism.

In his letter to Mo who was readying a censure motion, Ho wrote that members should “use the time in Legislative Council meetings wisely to discuss the large number of motions and cases” that are really important. 

Lawmakers should focus on things that will help improve the lives of Hong Kong people, rather than spend time pointing fingers at each other, he said. 

Mo said she was not surprised to receive the letter since Ho had already informed the media earlier that he would be writing to the pan-democrats.

When asked whether the letter should be interpreted as a sign that Ho is “giving up”, Mo replied that she would not come to any conclusions on her own.

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