Wong told to retake Legco oath after coughing row

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 October, 2012, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 12 October, 2012, 5:15pm

Maverick lawmaker Wong Yuk-man will have to take his oath of office again next week because his initial pledge – strategically interrupted with coughs – has been ruled incomplete.

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said on Friday afternoon he had listened to replays of Wong’s pledge and found that it fell short of requirements for a full oath.

Wong, who represents Kowloon West, coughed when he read some key words of the oath during the first Legco meeting on Wednesday.

“I swear that, being a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong [cough], of the People’s [cough] of China, I will uphold the Basic Law of Hong Kong [cough], of the People’s [cough] of China,” he said.

Legislators are required to pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Under Legco’s rules of procedure, a lawmakers can lose their seat if they decline or neglect to take the oath. Lawmakers cannot attend meetings until they have made their oath or affirmation.

Tsang said he had received – and approved – a request by Wong to take the oath again on Wednesday.