Andrew Leung invalidates the oaths of lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and Wong Ting-kwong

Andrew Leung invalidates the oaths of lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and Wong Ting-kwong

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New Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen invalidated the oath of lawmaker Lau Siu-lai (right) in the morning today because she deliberately declared with extreme slowness.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

This morning, new Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen invalidated the oaths of lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and Wong Ting-kwong. Leung said he made the decision after seeking legal advice from barrister Jat Sew-tong.

Localist Lau spent too long on her oath, and failed to deliver it with conviction and with too many pauses in between. Leung said the speed made it difficult to understand her, and made him feel that she lacked the will to uphold the oath, which resulted in his decision to invalidate her oath.

And lawmaker Wong had his oath invalidated because he allegedly omitted “Hong Kong” from his oath by accident.


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Lau and Wong are set to retake their oaths at 11am tomorrow at the Legislative Council. They will be joined by lawmaker Edward Yiu Chung-yim, and Youngspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching. The three had their oaths rejected at the inaugural Legco meeting on October 12.

At the oath-taking ceremony last Wednesday, the Youngspiration members offended many when they referred to the sovereign state as “Chee-na”, which is a variation of “Shina” and a derogatory term used by Japan for China during the second world war.

Under the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance, any person “who declines or neglects to take an oath duly requested” shall vacate or be disqualified from office.


 

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Non-affiliated lawmaker Yiu, representing the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape sector, was the first to have his oath rejected after stating he would “fight for genuine universal suffrage, and promote the city’s sustainable development”.

Pro-Beijing Andrew Leung said he arranged tomorrow's oath-taking ceremony for Yiu and Wong. But because he hadn't “received written notices from (Lau, Leung and Yau), their oath-taking is not on the council meeting agenda tomorrow,” he said this morning at a press conference held at the Legislative Council.

On Saturday, the new Legco president said he will handle the retaking of the oath with care.

“I have already asked the secretariat to hire a senior counsel. So in addition to the in-house lawyer I’ll have two legal opinions,” Leung said during a segment for Commercial Radio Hong Kong.

Demosisto chairman Nathan Law also took his oath on October 12, and Leung says he validated his oath because while Law changed the tone of certain words, Law complete his declaration in a manner befitting the occasion and requirements.

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