It is unwise of the government to challenge the ruling of the Legislative Council president, former president Andrew Wong Wang-fat has said.
Wong served in the role between 1995 to 1997, the last LegCo president during the British colonial rule.
He told Ming Pao that the legislature could have solved the oath taking problem on its own. He added that lawmakers had the right to deprive the chamber of a quorum on Wednesday, but they will have to bear the political consequences.
Culture in the legislative council is established over time, Wong said. He told the paper that the council was not vigilant enough in its early years. Raymond Wong Yuk-man, for example, was not stopped or asked to apologise when he used words that sounded like expletives when addressing government officials, Wong said.
Wong said he would advise the newly elected LegCo president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen to strictly guard LegCo’s standards, although he acknowledged that by doing so Leung would risk losing support from his own colleagues.
The government filed an application for an interim injunction on Tuesday evening against Youngspiration’s Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching to block them from retaking their oaths on Wednesday’s LegCo meeting, on the grounds that they failed to comply with Article 104 of the Basic Law.
The article states: “when assuming office, the Chief Executive, principal officials, members of the Executive Council and of the Legislative Council, judges of the courts at all levels and other members of the judiciary in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region must, in accordance with law, swear to uphold the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and swear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.”
The pair read an altered version of the LegCo oath on their first try last Wednesday. Their oaths were not accepted.