Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said on Monday the government would not take questions from the four lawmakers who are facing judicial reviews and possible disqualification from the Legislative Council over improper oath-taking.
The four lawmakers are veteran activist “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, former Occupy student leader Nathan Law Kwun-chung, academic Edward Yiu Chung-yim and lecturer Lau Siu-lai.
The government commenced legal proceedings against all four on Friday by asking the High Court to declare their oaths invalid and their Legco seats vacant.
Tsang said the government would not take the lawmakers’ questions during a financial affairs panel meeting, after giving an introduction on Hong Kong’s economic outlook.
Tsang cited advice from the Department of Justice and a letter submitted by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to the Legislative Council president in November for the refusal.
However, the legal advisor for the government contested Tsang’s announcement, saying until the High Court grants leave for the judicial review, the lawmakers can still continue their duties.
Pan-democrats slammed the financial secretary for his statement, saying Tsang and the government should wait for a decision by the High Court before taking its stand against the four lawmakers.
At about midday, members agreed to adjourn the finance panel meeting.