Bun protest not intended to hurt chief executive, maverick lawmaker says

"Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung says it was unreasonable for Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing to evict him

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 12:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 12:41pm

A lawmaker who yesterday took part in a protest that disrupted Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s question-and-answer session said his eviction from Legco was unfair.

“Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung said what he did during yesterday’s meeting in the Legislative Council was no more than standing up and there was no reason for president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing to order him to leave.

The League of Social Democrats lawmaker said in a Commercial Radio programme today that he had not even intended to really hit Leung Chun-ying with the buns.

“I just wanted to humiliate him. I did not intend to really hurt him,” the lawmaker said.

“A chief executive who wants to leave when someone throws things at him is like a president who is afraid of wars,” he said.

Thursday’s drama unfolded when Leung Chun-ying criticised lawmakers who launched a filibuster to block the passage of the budget bill for harming Hong Kong’s competitiveness.

People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip then stood up, took a bun passed on by Leung Kwok-hung and threw it in the chief executive’s direction.

Leung Kwok-hung and People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen then stood up and shouted at Leung Chun-ying. The pair, who did not throw objects, were ordered by Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing to leave the chamber.

Leung Kwok-hung said he had originally planned to throw the buns when it was his turn to ask questions, but recognised later that he would not have such a chance because other lawmakers were spending too much time asking their questions.