Wong Yuk-man

Legco disorder feared

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 November, 2008, 12:00am


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Most Hongkongers are concerned that universal suffrage might result in more radical behaviour in the Legislative Council, a survey by young members of the Beijing-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has found.

The Young DAB interviewed 789 people aged 18 and above in a telephone poll between October 27 and 30, two weeks after League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man threw bananas in Legco.

Eighty-one per cent disapproved of the action, while 72 per cent said Legco should follow up on it.

The survey also found 73 per cent believed radical action in Legco would increase as Hong Kong moved towards universal suffrage. Forty-six per cent expressed worries that the banana incident would affect the city's democratic development, while 54 per cent said it would not.

Of the 327 respondents who were parents, 52 per cent said they were afraid Mr Wong's actions might set a bad example for their children.

Respondents were not asked if they had any political affiliations, according to Young DAB chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan.

Mr Cheung said the Young DAB would urge the party's lawmakers to raise the issue in Legco and demand a review of its rules of procedure.

'The current Legislative Council session has just begun. If there continues to be inappropriate behaviour, this may affect the progress of meetings,' Mr Cheung said.

He said heavier penalties could be introduced. In Britain's House of Commons, for example, members can be suspended with their salary withheld if they 'persistently and wilfully obstruct the business of the House', he said.

At present, the Legco president can only order a legislator leave the chamber and not return that day.