Lawmakers told to mind their words

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 September, 2003, 12:00am

Hong Kong's lawmakers have been told to keep their tempers in check and to avoid swearing by the president of the legislature.

'Everyone should chill out, keep their anger in check, and should not use triad language and swear words - because legislators are supposed to be gentle,' Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said.

The behaviour of legislators has come under scrutiny this year. Philip Wong Yu-hong, who represents the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, was forced to make a public apology after he was seen making a rude gesture towards protesters demonstrating against the National Security Bill outside the Legco building in July.

Speaking ahead of the new legislative year next month, Mrs Fan said lawmakers had to let the public feel they were working for them otherwise the legislature's legitimacy would continue to decline. 'The public has to see they can really achieve something,' she said.

Mrs Fan said it was too early to say whether there would be an improvement in relations between the government and the legislature, which plummeted this year during the controversy surrounding the national security legislation.

She said the legislature and society should step up interaction in order to improve the Legislative Council's image.