Dozens of Hongkongers gathered in Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong Island on Tuesday night to celebrate the defeat of pro-Beijing lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing in Sunday’s Legislative Council (LegCo) election.
They brought cans of luncheon meat in reference to Wong’s comments in the legislature against filibustering.
Wong – who has been a legislator since 2004 – was beaten to the last of five seats in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency by pan-democrat veteran James To Kun-sun. An incumbent District Councillor for the Eastern District, Wong lost by some 10,000 votes.
A zealous opponent of filibustering by the pan-democratic camp, Wong’s 12-year tenure in Hong Kong’s legislature was occasionally marked by gaffes and comedic moments.
In April 2014, Wong condemned opposition lawmakers, claiming that they wasted HK$2.55 million in public funds every day that they filibustered.
He went on to remark that HK$2.55 million was enough to buy 160,000 cans of luncheon meat, or 120,000 cans of dace fish with black bean.
Outside Wong’s office on Tuesday night, opposition supporters ate luncheon meat and opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate his ousting. They also lighted incense sticks to “mourn his passing.”
Several dozen then moved to nearby Chai Wan, where Christopher Chung Shu-kun – another pro-Beijing lawmaker known for unusual antics in LegCo – was based. Chung’s office was the site of similar celebrations in November 2015, when he failed to win a seat in the District Council election.
Like Wong, Chung departed from LegCo following Sunday’s election.
Wong is no stranger to online viral moments. In April, he composed his own lyrics to a popular student music video, Side-angle-side. The version he performed at a LegCo session was called “Sai-laibo-sai” (嘥拉布嘥), or “waste-filibuster-waste.”
Side-angle-side, a method of proving whether two triangles are congruent, had originally been made into a viral music video sung by children at Kowloon’s Methodist College.
Wong’s “Sai-laibo-sai” was one of the songs heard repeatedly in Siu Sai Wan on Tuesday evening, as was Full of Joy, a 1979 Cantonese hit revived online in recent years as a sarcastic gesture of celebration.
Wong had been the subject of music-related memes before. In May 2012, he was likened to a rapper and dubbed “MC Hing,” when he announced rhythmically at a LegCo session that he would fight against filibustering “day by night and night by day, and again day by night and night by day.”
Some internet users warned Hongkongers not to celebrate too early, however. Lau Kong-wah – another pro-Beijing lawmaker whose defeat in the 2012 election sparked wild celebrations in the opposition camp – was subsequently appointed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying into the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau.
“Lau will become the next Chief Secretary for Administration, and Wong will become an Under Secretary,” predicted one commenter on popular the popular Golden Forum.