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Monday, October 17, 2016, 20:05

Call for strict law to shame trio


Call for strict law to shame trio

Legislator Priscilla Leung Mei-fun (left) talks to the media, Oct 17, 2016 after submitting a letter to Hong Kong Legislative Council President Andrew Leung. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

HONG KONG – Four legal professional lawmakers and a group of their fellow peers submitted a letter to the Legislative Council president, urging serious consideration on whether to give another chance to the three disgraced lawmakers-elect who staged a stunt at their oath-taking ceremony.

They asked LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen to make decisions in strict accordance to the law if the trio refuse to obey the rules.

The co-signing lawmakers also urged LegCo president to review some other lawmakers' behavior during oath taking on Wednesday

The co-signing lawmakers also urged Leung to review some other lawmakers' behavior when they were taking the oath last Wednesday, and to question more who may have violated the law.

The 11-strong group also urged the two lawmakers-elect from localist party Youngspiration who used foul language and derogatory words during the swearing-in to apologize before making a request to take the oath again.

Only by such a move can LegCo make clear its rules and standards to the public and future LegCo members, said the convener of the joint statement, legislator Priscilla Leung Mei-fun.

A future request to the Department of Justice and a possible judicial review will be considered if the LegCo president cannot address their concerns, according to the group.

Apart from Priscilla Leung, the other co-signing lawmakers were Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, Holden Chow Ho-ding and Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan.

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