Law­mak­ers have a duty to re­spect the law

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

Law­mak­ers-elect Six­tus Le­ung andYauWai-ching should have abided by the lawand taken their oath for HongKong’sLeg­isla­tive Coun­cil in a proper man­ner. Only by so do­ing, would they demon­strate their ded­i­ca­tion to their leg­isla­tive du­ties and al­le­giance toHongKong.

In­stead, Le­ung and Yao pa­raded “pro-in­de­pen­dence” posters dur­ing the swear­ing in cer­e­mony, and even re­ferred to China as “Shina”— a deroga­tory ar­chaic Ja­panese term used to dis­crim­i­nate against China dur­ing Ja­pan’s war of ag­gres­sion.

The event has sparked out­rage in main­streamHongKong so­ci­ety, prompt­ing thou­sands of ne­ti­zens to sign a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing the duo apol­o­gize for their be­hav­ior.

Every­body in the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion should act in ac­cor­dance with its laws; its leg­is­la­tors are no ex­cep­tion to this. The law­mak­ers should be the ones set­ting the ex­am­ple and guid­ing oth­ers, this is why it is un­ac­cept­able that Le­ung and Yau con­tra­vened the Ba­sic Law­dur­ing their oath tak­ing.

How­ever, in­stead of apol­o­giz­ing for the of­fen­sive be­hav­ior, they have shown no re­morse and are stub­bornly hold­ing to their stance.

The LegCo pres­i­dent has the power not to al­low them to re­take the oath and re­voke their seats in the leg­isla­tive coun­cil, but he did not have enough courage to take that route. They have even been ex­cused by the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil pres­i­dent, who de­clared they could re­take their oaths with­out hav­ing to apol­o­gize.

If these wrong­do­ers are not re­quired to atone for their wrong­do­ing, they will con­tinue in their ways, and even­tu­ally cause dam­age to so­ci­ety.

Ex­e­cut­ing his le­gal right as the head of theHongKong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion Re­gion, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying has sought to over­turn the LegCo pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to hear a sec­ond oath from the “lo­cal­ist” law­mak­ers.

The move is not the ex­ec­u­tive branch in­ter­fer­ing with leg­isla­tive op­er­a­tions. Le­ung has sound le­gal grounds for mak­ing the move, and has acted in ac­cor­dance with the law.

The is­sue at hand is that these leg­is­la­tors-elect have crossed the con­sti­tu­tional red line. WithHong Kong so­ci­ety in dan­ger of mov­ing to­wards rad­i­cal con­flict and di­vi­sion, the chief ex­ec­u­tive can and should take le­gal ac­tion to main­tainHong Kong’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and so­cial sta­bil­ity.

The Supreme Court ofHong Kong has accepted his re­quest, and a hear­ing is sched­uled to take place onNov 13. The au­thor is aHong Kong-based Na­tional Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Cour­tesy: The China Post

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