Pair warned as 'insulting' oaths condemned

Top News | Chan Ho-him and Samuel Lai 14 Oct 2016

The "insulting" oaths of office made by two Youngspiration legislators were denounced by the government, which said their behavior was undignified, offensive and "harmed the feelings of our compatriots."

It came after localist legislators-elect Sixtus "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching referred to China as "Shina" - a derogatory old-fashioned Japanese term against the Chinese - and displayed a cape proclaiming "Hong Kong is not part of China" during Wednesday's oath taking.

Yau also referred to China as the "People's Ref***ing of China."

New Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen yesterday warned the two - who will have to retake their swearing-in on Wednesday - not to deviate from the prescribed oath.

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said last night she felt "saddened and disappointed" by the pair's action.

A government statement said: "In the process of oath-taking, some behaved in violation of the dignity expected of Legco members, or even spoke or acted in an offensive manner that harmed the feelings of our compatriots."

It added that oath-taking is a "solemn promise to the entire community."

Former Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing slammed the pair for "bringing shame to Hong Kong people."

Andrew Leung, after meeting with the two lawmakers-elect and Edward Yiu Chung-yim, whose oath was ruled invalid after he added words, said he would not give them many chances to retake the oath.

He said a fourth legislator, Wong Ting-kwong of the import and export industry sector, also needs to be sworn in again as he omitted reading "Hong Kong" in his oath.

Sixtus Leung was unrepentant, saying he did not use bad language as even revolutionary Sun Yat-sen had referred to China as "Shina."

Chinese history teacher Chen Yan- kai said "Shina" was clearly offensive as it was used to discriminate against the Chinese during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Peace and Democracy claimed last night that at least 24,000 people had signed its online petition condemning Yau for insulting Chinese people and asking for an apology.

Mainland mouthpieces Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po hit out at Youngspiration in their editorials yesterday while mainland tabloid Global Times said the Legco events were a joke.

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