For­mer LegCo pres­i­dent says vot­ers did not elect law­mak­ers to mis­be­have

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK | INTERVIEW - By JOSEPH LI in Hong Kong joseph@chi­nadai­

The six peo­ple who made a mock­ery of their Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil oaths were de­servedly stripped of their seats in ac­cor­dance with the law, for­mer LegCo pres­i­dent Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said.

In Fan’s opinion, they are ar­chi­tects of their own mis­for­tune as they turned the oaths into po­lit­i­cal ex­hi­bi­tions. They not only lost their seats but also let their vot­ers down. The peo­ple who voted for them did not ask them to per­form such an­tics.

“They have no right to be leg­is­la­tors,” Fan told China Daily after the High Court dis­qual­i­fied Le­ung Kwok-hung, Nathan L aw Kwun-chung , Lau Siu-lai and Ed­ward Yiu Chung-yim last month.

Last Novem­ber, the Court of Ap­peal also up­held the original rul­ing re­mov­ing sep­a­ratist ac­tivists Six­tus Le­ung Chung­hang and Yau Wai-ching as LegCo mem­bers. The two took oaths im­prop­erly by adding

These peo­ple (op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers) al­ways claim they up­hold rule of law in Hong Kong. I won­der if this is only a slo­gan.”

pro-in­de­pen­dence el­e­ments and in­sult­ing the Chi­nese na­tion.

In a n e xc l u s i v e i n t e r - view, Fan, now a mem­ber of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­gress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, ex­pressed strong dis­ap­proval of the gross mis­con­duct by L eung , L aw, L au and Yiu. They also at­tempted to storm a Fi­nance Com­mit­tee meet­ing on July 14 — the day the court rul­ing was handed down — and again the very next day, un­der the es­cort of op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers.

“This at­tempt showed their dis­re­spect for rule of law and the court rul­ing, and the same can be said to those who pro­tected the dis­qual­i­fied law­mak­ers by form­ing chains to pro­tect them,” she said.

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai,

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