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Lawmakers want to stop rebellious pair from re-taking oath


HONG KONG - Pro-establishment lawmakers on Friday urged the Legislative Council president to consider stopping the oath being re-taken by two lawmakers-elect who made insulting remarks about China during a swearing-in ceremony last week.

In a joint letter to Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen Friday evening, 39 lawmakers said the actions of the two lawmakers-elect have led to an indignant public demanding the pair be disqualified from public office.

Pro-establishment lawmakers urged LegCo president to consider stopping the oath being re-taken by two lawmakers-elect who made insulting remarks about China

Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang triggered a public outcry since Oct 12 when they read the country’s name as “Shina”, a derogatory reference to China used by Japanese militarists during World War II. Yau even used bad language when reading the country’s full name in English.

Legislator Martin Liao Cheung-kong said the pair using offensive language to insult the nation and promote Hong Kong separatism has offended Chinese around the world and violated the Basic Law.

The High Court has accepted the application for a judicial review by the Department of Justice against the LegCo president’s decision to give Yau and Leung a second chance to take their oaths. The department argued Yau and Leung had already violated laws related to oath-taking and should be barred from retaking the oath. The hearing will begin on Nov 3.

With mounting public anger casting serious doubt on Yau and Sixtus Leung’s qualifications for office, as well as the upcoming legal challenge, the co-signing lawmakers appealed to LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen to take into account the overall interests of Hong Kong and its residents and not to arrange another meeting for the two to re-take the LegCo oath.

Liao said the pro-establishment camp would consider launching a walk-out again to make the Legislative Council meeting adjourned next week if their motion is rejected.

In the second swearing-in session on Wednesday, dozens of Hong Kong's lawmakers staged a walkout at the LegCo meeting, demanding the pair apologize and to retract their remarks before re-taking the oath.

However, both insisted they had done nothing wrong and refused to apologize. They brushed off calls for an apology, denying they had offended anyone.

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