Ousted legislators architects of their own misfortune: Fan
“The opposition lawmakers, including some lawyers and barristers, escorted Leung and Yau last time and they did it again this time. This showed they have not learnt from their mistakes and criticism leveled at them,” explained Fan.
“These people always claim they uphold rule of law in Hong Kong. I wonder if this is only a slogan.”
Some legal prac titioners said the disgraced lawmakers and those who escorted them appeared to have committed the criminal offense of contempt of court.
The opposition camp reacted fiercely to the disqualifications, accusing the government of robbing their seats against the choices of voters but they dared not criticize the court.
Fan added: “Although you are chosen by voters, you cannot break the law. Legislators must show good examples and obey the law, while oaths are governed by the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance.
“They are the ones who disrespect their voters by not taking the oath solemnly and sincerely.”
Fa n n o t e d t h a t t h e d i s - q u a l i f i e d l aw m a ke r s s a i d they would lodge an appeal. “Before they appeal, they must obey the existing ruling, but they selectively obey only court rulings beneficial to them,” she said.
Fa n a l s o s a i d : “C e r t a i n media organizations and young people are influenced by such erroneous concepts, thinking they can do whatever they like in the name of democracy. And that resulted in disturbances such as ‘Occupy Central’ and the Mong Kok riot.”
Some commentators said Fan, who was LegCo president from 1997 to 2008, and her successor Jasper Tsang Yo k - s i n g ( p r e s i d e n t f r o m 2008 until last year) were too lenient with people not taking the oaths properly.
But Fan recalled: “In 2004 Leung Kwok-hung wanted to add something to the oath but the LegCo Secretariat objected. He sought a judicial review and the judge said he should follow the exact wording.
“It was the LegCo secretarygeneral, not me, who administered his oath. After I was elected LegCo president, no one questioned the legitimacy of his oath; so I took no action. In 2008, the secretary-general again administered the oaths. The oaths of these two people were clearly not in order but Tsang allowed them to re-take the oaths.
“Society has changed. In the early years, only one or two did tricks with the oath but over a dozen people messed around (last year). And oaths with ‘independence’ elements are the most outrageous,” Fan said.
Former Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai tells China Daily the four disqualified lawmakers are to blame for their wrongdoings and that legislators should show good examples and abide by the law.
Albert Chen Hung-yee, law professor from the University of Hong Kong, says the four disqualified lawmakers paid the price as swearing-in antics end with expulsion.