Pro-Beijing lawmaker accuses pan-democrats of using ‘Nazi propaganda tactic’

DAB legislator says opposition have smeared finance committee chairman Ng Leung-sing and pro-establishment camp with repeated lies

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 1:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 5:47pm

A pro-Beijing lawmaker has accused pan-democrat lawmakers of using a 'Nazi propaganda tactic' by accusing the chairman of the Legislative Council’s finance committee Ng Leung-sing of breaching Legco rules.

Christopher Chung Shu-kun, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was speaking in defence of Ng after a motion of no confidence in the finance committee chief was tabled on Wednesday morning.

Ng survived the vote.

“The German Nazi Party’s Goebbels had said: ‘Lies repeated a thousand times would become the truth’. Today the opposition party has used this Nazi Party propaganda tactic in smearing Ng Leung-sing and the pro-establishment camp,” Chung said.

Chung was referring to a famous quote attributed to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. The quote, of which many versions exist, can be summarised as: if you a tell a big enough lie, and repeat it often enough, it will become the truth.

“Is it true that [in previous finance committee meetings,] all pan-democrats could only speak once, and only for a minute every time?” Chung continued.

“If this is true, why did we have to meet on seven [Fridays], for about 30 hours of meetings?”

In response, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said he was as sad as the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, who witnessed her national football team’s heavy defeat in the FIFA World Cup early on Wednesday morning Hong Kong time.

“After listening to the chief executive’s remarks yesterday that there is no problem in the executive-legislative relationship, and the pro-establishment camp’s [defence of Ng] this morning, I have the same feeling as the Brazilian president – I’m very sad.

“The Legco was supposed to be a channel to narrow down differences and a platform to build consensus,” the barrister-lawmaker lamented.

The motion of no confidence was tabled after Ng breached the Legislative Council’s rules of procedure – most notably when he rushed through a vote on a controversial new-towns project while pan-democrat lawmakers were out of their seats.

Pan-democrat lawmakers accused Ng of breaching Legco rules in the meeting on June 27 which ended in the controversial approval of a funding proposal for the government project in the northeastern New Territories.

League of Social Democrats chairman “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, newly released from jail, tabled the motion of no confidence.

Before the June 27 meeting, Ng had also repeatedly “unreasonably and unlawfully stopped lawmakers from tabling motions ... and restricted the time for lawmakers to give speeches and ask questions,” Leung said.

At the June 27 meeting, pan-democrats left their seats to complain when Ng refused to consider a motion of no-confidence in himself and later attempted to restrict lawmakers to 60 seconds each to ask questions before voting on the HK$340 million funding request – both contraventions of Legco rules.

While they were still complaining, Ng ordered the vote to begin with only two seated pan-democrats able to vote against the funding request – another breach of Legco rules.

Ng announced the result of the vote, and then left the room with development bureau officials, escorted by security guards.

On Wednesday, Ng said that while his chairing of meetings was “not perfect, and left room for improvement”, he was “absolutely impartial” and no regrets over his behaviour.

He described pan-democrats’ accusations of clear breaches of Legco rules as “unreasonable”.

The motion of no confidence was supported by 22 pan-democrats, but was voted down by 32 pro-government lawmakers, including Chung.