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Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:31

Govt condemns 'uncivilized' behavior at LegCo

By chinadailyasia.com
Govt condemns 'uncivilized' behavior at LegCo
In this Jan 15, 2015 photo, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor gives a speech during the press conference at Central Government Office. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG – Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor blasted radical lawmakers Leung Kwok-hung and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick for what she called “their uncivilized behavior” during an inquiry at the Legislative Council.

Their behaviors have already damaged the executive-legislative relationship… affected the mutual respect and trust (between the government and the legislature) and the LegCo’s public image

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Acting Chief Executive, Hong Kong

Lam charged that the two snatched a confidential document from the hand of a high-ranking official while the inquiry was in progress on Nov 15.

"Their behaviors have already damaged the executive-legislative relationship…affected the mutual respect and trust (between the government and the legislature) and the LegCo’s public image,” Lam said before the weekly Executive Council meeting, on Tuesday.

Lam called the behavior by the two unacceptable adding it never should have happened.

Leung, also known as Long Hair, seized the confidential government document from Eric Ma Siu-cheung, under secretary for development. Leung later passed the document to Chu. The government reported the matter to the police.

Lam said she sent a letter to LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen on the night the incident took place, condemning the pair. The letter stated that the government reserves the right to resort to the law to seek remedy.

Lam stressed that, lawmakers, though protected by the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance, do not have the right to act outside the law.

Earlier on Monday, Leung, along with another radical protester, was sentenced to seven days in prison, suspended for 12 months, for disrupting a school debate at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in May, 2015. Leung was released on bail pending an appeal.

Lam cited the case as saying that the Basic Law enshrined many freedoms for individuals, including the freedom to protest, but, it does not trump others’ freedom.

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