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Bun fight in Legco as chief executive warns of action against Occupy Central

As Q&A is abandoned amid abuse and bun-throwing, relations between executive and legislative branches hit rock bottom

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 1:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 6:10pm
 

Relations between the administration and the legislature have reached a "critical point", a top government adviser said, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's question-and-answer session was abandoned as radical lawmakers hurled insults - and buns - his way.

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing took the unprecedented decision to halt the session five minutes before it was due to end after expelling several radicals who hit out at Leung for his criticism of their attempt to filibuster the budget.

Watch: Legislator throws bun at CY Leung after his warning against Occupy Central

As pro-establishment lawmakers called for tighter Legco rules and Leung demanded "serious" action, pan-democrats said the chief executive should show more respect for the legislature.

The chaos began when Leung spent half of his nine-minute opening speech condemning the filibuster, launched to demand a universal pension and cash handouts. Independent pan-democrat Wong Yuk-man accused Leung of "challenging Legco". He was ordered to leave the chamber immediately.

The session was disrupted again about an hour later as Leung responded to a question on whether he was fuelling divisions by asking the public to condemn filibustering.

"Society has been deeply disgusted by the filibustering, which hurts the city's competitiveness," Leung replied. In response, People Power's Albert Chan Wai-yip shouted: "Hongkongers have been deeply disgusted by you, too." He then hurled a bun at Leung, which was intercepted by a security guard.

Chan's party colleague Raymond Chan Chi-chuen shouted for Leung to resign, while the League of Social Democrats' "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung stood up with a bun in his hand.

Tsang then ordered the trio to leave and suspended the meeting for about 15 minutes. The two Chans were escorted out by security guards, but Leung Kwok-hung refused to leave.

When Tsang resumed the meeting, Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan criticised him for "abusing" his power. Tsang responded that the meeting "can no longer go on" and ended it.

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong said later that he was "disheartened" that "the level of tension between the executive [branch] and the legislature has probably reached a critical point".

However, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said Leung should do his part, instead of "paying lip service to improving the relationship" with Legco and the executive branch. "The chief executive came with the objective of picking a fight," Leong said. "It was really his attitude that provoked many of us."

A spokesman for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office told Xinhua yesterday that officials were aware of the incident in Legco. "We believe that the chief executive and officials … should be respected for fulfilling their role in the legislature, and Legco's normal order should be safeguarded effectively," he said. "We are against any behaviour that abuses the rules of procedure … and hurts Hong Kong's public interest."

Tsang later said Legco should explore the possibility of tightening its rules to bar lawmakers who the president had strong reasons to believe would violate its rules from attending a meeting.

In a rare media briefing after the meeting, a defiant Leung Chun-ying criticised "lawmakers throwing objects at officials" for "ruining the executive-legislative relationship".

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onedistrict
Tax payers WILL NEVER pay for food to be thrown around !!
Just get rid of these loud, good-for-nothing and unruly pretenders ......
ejmciii
Oddly they seem to keep getting elected despite the behavior that you dislike so. Perhaps there is support for their message even if not for their method.
Hum-Balang
They shouldn't have removed Longhair who really didn't do anything.
mh0908
C'mon! Look again at Longhair's childish grin (in the above video). He was like Tom Brady who is about to throw a touch down with the bun in his right hand! It was good to know that the security guards were really good corner backs and sacked him just in time. Kudos to Jasper Tsang for being a real good referee! It was a definite RED CARD for Longhair!
icwu
And the media is happy of a daily episode of a continuing soap opera, free with no production costs. And us common people are left with something to **** about. A real win-win solution for Hong Kong. Ha, Ha !
icwu
As there are no true democracy at present, members just treat lego as a fun playground or a place to polish their images, all with fat pay ! Why not ! On the other hand, government just treat it as a lecture hall to tell Hong Kong people how well they have been taken care off - you fools and suckers ! How sad forHong Kong !
sng7444
barbaric actiowill not solve the situation. he should show his respect at least to the session of the LEGCO. Throwing buns is too low an action. Highly uneducated to took matters personally! how can he does not throw the bun at Obama and see what will happen to him.
Stephan
This is Hong Kong 2014, what a bunch of x x x. HK wants more democracy? You cannot even handle the democracy you have now. Why do people vote for these lunatics?
mh0908
Same reason Toronto voted for Rob Ford?
Dai Muff
CY went to that meeting with the express intention of staging a grand gesture and he was somewhat thwarted. Read the Chinese press if you want to know more. They won't report it here.
Looking at the pro-government posters here today, the word of the day is obviously "clowns".

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