Localists should speak English in Legco

Property | Brush up your Englishwith Michael Chugani 15 Sep 2016

Were you taken aback (surprised, shocked, astonished) at the outcome(result) of the Legislative Council elections? I was taken aback by the outcome because I had expected only two or three localists and independence advocates (supporters) to win. I had not expected six localists and independence advocates (noun) would win. Localists are people who prefer their own region and culture. More than 400,000 people, or about 20 percent of voters, voted for candidates who support localism or independence. This means many Hong Kong people support localism. I don't think many Hong Kong people advocate (verb) independence. I think many voted for independence advocates just to show anger at the Hong Kong and central governments.

It is unlikely the six young localists and independence advocates will copy people such as "Longhair" Leung Kwok- hung and Wong Yuk-man by throwing bananas or other things at government officials during Legco meetings. They feel that throwing things is old hat. When something is old hat, it means it is outdated, old-fashioned, or out. They have said they will use other tactics(strategies, plans) to show their anger at the government. I hope they will not use violent tactics. There is one thing I hope they will do. I really hope they will speak in English sometimes during Legco meetings. Some Legco members can speak very good English. Many can speak passable (acceptable) English. But none use it in Legco except Abraham Shek Lai- him.

Some of the six new localists and independence advocates elected to Legco can speak quite good English. Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Yau Wai-ching both studied at Lingnan University. Yau Wai-ching also studied at Queen Elizabeth School, which uses English to teach students. Baggio Leung Chung- hang studied at the City University of Hong Kong. As university graduates, they should all be able to speak good or passable English. If they are true localists, they should sometimes use English in Legco because English is also an official language in Hong Kong. By speaking in English they can embarrass government officials. Government officials who go to Legco meetings all refuse to use English. Most even refuse to speak English during press conferences.

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