Whose fault is it that pro-Beijing lawmakers missed the vote?

Whose fault is it that pro-Beijing lawmakers missed the vote?

After pro-Beijing lawmakers staged a walkout in Legco last week, questions are being asked about whose fault it is

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Pro-establishment lawmakers meet the press and express regret over the "mistakes" at the vote
Pro-establishment lawmakers meet the press and express regret over the "mistakes" at the vote
Photo: May Tse/ SCMP

After pro-Beijing lawmakers missed the vote on the electoral reform package in the Legislative Council last Thursday, people are asking who is to blame.

Liberal Party chairman Felix Chung Kwok-pan was one of the eight pro-Beijing lawmakers who stayed behind and voted for the plan.

Chung said he felt like he and the seven others who stayed behind were being unfairly blamed.

"Those who stayed inside were to carry out their duty to cast a vote on a very important proposal. I think those who suggested and led the walkout should apologise to the public," Chung said.

But Ann Chiang Lai-wan, one of the lawmakers who left, attacked those who didn't leave. On Facebook, Chiang said: "Why did the eight not follow us … They didn't know what was going on? These weren't the reasons. [The reason is] one word: self-centredness."

Though the reform package wasn't passed, it might still be forcibly introduced by Beijing. The National People's Congress said Beijing's decision on Hong Kong's electoral system last August "will remain in force in the future, despite Hong Kong Legislative Council's veto of the universal suffrage motion".

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Who's to blame for missing the vote?

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