A nervous Chan takes her oath

Local | Phoenix Un 29 Nov 2018

Newly elected legislator Rebecca Chan Hoi-yan took her oath of office yesterday. She had said she would focus on medical and housing issues.

Chan, in a long, dark dress and long beige coat, arrived at the Legco building at 10.48am. Legislator Ho Chun-yin of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong greeted her at the chamber door.

Her husband Ivan Yau Man-wah and her parents were in the public gallery to witness the oath-taking before the day's proceedings began.

Chan, who already rehearsed twice on Tuesday, spent half a minute and made no mistake in the formal swearing-in.

After that she took a seat next to another pro-establishment Ma Fung-kwok - after a seat swap with Cheng Chung-tai of Civic Passion, so that she could sit with the pro-Beijing camp.

A nervous Chan told reporters she was happy that she made no mistakes in the oath-taking, and that she was worried she would cough during the swearing-in.

"I keep running scared. Although the campaign is over, a lot more work is waiting for me in Legco."

Her term of office will finish in September 2020, less than two years from now, but she said a short period of time was what she needed to do some constructive work.

"I am more concerned about medical and housing issues, so I'm interested in joining panels on these two issues," Chan said.

Meanwhile the full-page splash of the free Sunday issue of the pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao featuring Chan with her manifesto continued to be lambasted for violating election rules.

But Chan said her team posted no advertisements in newspapers. "If anyone thinks it's inappropriate, he or she is free to take follow-up action."

In a separate issue, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick faced a greater danger of being disqualified as rural representative candidate of Yuen Kong San Tsuen in next year's election as the returning officer Enoch Yuen Ka-lok posted further questions to him at 4pm yesterday, with the response deadline of 8pm.

"Your answer did not directly answer my question," Yuen wrote, referring to the question whether Chu believed independence should be an option of self-determination.

Yuen then asked Chu the same question again, and in addition asked him whether he agreed as a rural representative candidate, one should not advocate independence.

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