Detailed draft of national security law to be revealed before its passage, Ip Kwok-him saysLocal | 27 Jun 2020 1:01 pm
The legislative drafts of the national security law will be revealed before its passage in Beijing's top legislative body, a local deputy to its standing committee says.
Ip Kwok-him, who is also an executive councilor, said the new law tailor-made for Hong Kong might be passed in the upcoming three-day session of the National People's Congress (NPC).
Speaking on a radio program, Ip explained only two to three delegates from Hong Kong are listed as attendees in NPC's usual sessions, but around 10 deputies were invited to the session commencing tomorrow.
He said there are “other agendas” to be scrutinized in the session, but believes the agenda for passing the legislation would be set during the chairman's meeting of the standing committee.
Ip, who will be joining the session tomorrow, said he would reflect concerns of Hong Kong residents' rights and freedom being harmed by the new law in the session.
He stressed the new law would only affect people who allegedly subvert state power, split the country, organize and carry out terrorist activities, and collude with foreign and external forces. The four acts would be beyond freedom of speech, he suggested.
If the standing committee passed and enacted the law before July 1, Ip said waving national flags of foreign countries or flags advocating the SAR's independence during the annual pro-democracy march planned on that day would be acts of violation.
“People who thought of doing so should think clearly as it could break the law,” says Ip.
He also blasted officials of the United States for deterring the NPC's legislation of the law in a manner “close to threatening”.
“This is totally unacceptable,” Ip said, “it just showed how hegemonic and opinionated the United States is.”
He believes some people, whom he did not name, have amplified concerns to the new law by referring it as “the death of 'one country, two systems'”, and criticized these people of disregarding the “one country” in the SAR's governing principle as they only consider the city to be protected by western countries such as the United States.