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Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12:20

Oath fiasco must be handled ably: CE


HONG KONG – Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Tuesday any mishandling of the oath-taking fiasco perpetrated by two separatists lawmakers-elect could cast shadows on the Central Government's perception of Hong Kong and undermine the relationship between people from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Leung made the remarks before the weekly Executive Council meeting and a day before the second scheduled retaking of oaths by Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching.

CY Leung said this a day before the second sheduled retaking of oaths by Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching

Leung and Yau, both from the localist party Youngspiration, sparked off a public outcry on Oct 12 during the swearing-in ceremony when they referred to China as “Shina”, a derogatory war-era term deployed by the Japanese. Their oaths were eventually invalidated.

Both Yau and Baggio Leung are facing a judicial review of their right to re-take the oath in High Court. The hearing is scheduled for Nov 3.

Last Wednesday, the pro-establishment camp staged a walk-out demanding apologies from the duo, protesting against their insult to the nation and for bringing banners to the Oct 12 swearing-in ceremony that read “Hong Kong is not China”.

It is still unknown whether the pair will be allowed to retake oaths Wednesday as the decision will be up to Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen.

The Chief Executive urged Andrew Leung to handle the matter expediently.

He also noted that Yau and Leung's conduct had already enraged the public and it would not do to allow the duo to continually engage in inappropriate behavior.

The Chief Executive said it was unacceptable to deviate from the standard format while taking oath and even more, to insert words that insulted the country. He said an international crisis would be triggered if foreign lawmakers took to referring to China as “Shina”.

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