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Legislative Council

The eight types of insincere oaths, as set out by former Beijing official

Without naming them, top Beijing liaison office legal adviser says 15 lawmakers “messed” with their swearing in last month while former Beijing official cites eight types of “insincere” oaths and the Post checks with 15 lawmakers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 9:59pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, 10:59am

1. Adding details

Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang

Wore a blue flag on his shoulders that read “Hong Kong is not China”. Pronounced “China” as “Chee-na”.

Response: Could not be reached for comment.

Yau Wai-ching

Displayed a blue flag that read “Hong Kong is not China”. When reading the oath, she pronounced “The People’s Republic of China” as “The People’s Re-f*****g of Chee-na”.

Response: Declined to comment on issues related to her court case on oath-taking.

Edward Yiu Chung-yim

Added the words “defend procedural justice, fight for universal suffrage and work for the sustainable development of Hong Kong”. The Secretary General allowed him to retake his oath immediately.

Response: “Chen Zuoer is no authority. He didn’t name names.”

Lam Cheuk-ting

Shouted “crackdown on corruption, down with CY Leung” after taking his oath.

Response: “Any reasonable man would believe my oath was solemn and sincere. I only added the phrases after my oath.”

Helena Wong Pik-wan

Shouted “Repeal 831, restart political reform. Down with Leung. Water Supplies Department to test water quality immediately” after reading and signing her oath.

Response: “Is it his personal opinion or an official view? I did read the oath completely. The rest of my words were not part of the oath but statements in the chamber.”

Raymond Chan Chi-chuen

Before taking his oath, he tore up a document issued by the government on oath-taking by lawmakers. After the oath, he shouted: “I want universal suffrage. Filibuster to reject unpopular policy. Down with CY Leung.”

Response: “I have confidence that my pledge was solemn and sincere. I consider the gap before or after reading the oath as not part of the oath-taking process, and many lawmakers have made the gesture to express themselves previously. But I will also seek legal advice, just in case.”

Roy Kwong Chun-yu

Emotionally added “Hong Kong keep it up” after the oath.

Response: “Can’t I give encouragement to Hongkongers? Can I take a breath when I take my oath then?”

Andrew Wan Siu-kin

Paused about a second between “People’s” and “Republic” when he read the phrase “People’s Republic of China” three times during his oath.

Response: “I completed my oath solemnly. I emphasised ‘Chinese people’ because they’re the most important component of the republic. Even Beijing officials said that.”

2. Tore up the NPCSC 831 ruling

Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung

Silently tore up a copy of the NPCSC 831 ruling after his oath.

Response: “I do not know how Chen came to conclude someone was not sincere. The interpretation of the Basic Law is already an outrageous move. If the government decides to disqualify so many elected lawmakers, it is truly going against the people.”

3. Chanted ‘democratic self-determination’

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick

Shouted the slogan “Democratic self-determination, down with totalism. Reject Andrew Leung as president” after his oath.

Response: “There is no need to discuss whether the oath is sincere as long as it was done in accordance with the law. I was elected by voters, and they alone can unseat me as a lawmaker.”

4. Raising an umbrella

“Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung

Raised a yellow umbrella as he shouted slogans such as “Umbrella movement will never end” and “fight for universal suffrage” before the oath. After his oath, he also said “repeal 831 decision” and tore up a copy of the NPCSC 831 ruling.

Response: “Chen Zuoer is in no position to make these comments as he is just a small potato. Beijing has already delivered an interpretation on the law, and there are only four points.”

5. Said ‘People’s Republic of China’ as if asking a question or ‘expressing an opposite meaning’

Nathan Law Kwun-chung

Before taking the oath, he said: “Today I must complete the necessary procedures, but it does not mean I am yielding to the absolute authority ... I will never be loyal to a political party that slaughters its people. I will stick to my principles and defend Hong Kong.”

When he read the words “People’s Republic of China”, he raised his intonation.

Response: “I have already made the pledge legally in accordance with the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance.”

6. Took 12 minutes to finish oath and declared on Facebook they disagreed with the content

Lau Siu-lai

Took long pauses between each word and used a total of 12 minutes to finish reading her pledge. Made a declaration on her Facebook page afterwards.

Response: “Chen’s remarks seem to be trying to stir up public opinion against us and intimidate us.”

7. Hit a tambourine, described by Chen as a prop (or reminder) of Occupy movement

Shiu Ka-chun

After the oath, he hit a tambourine and shouted: “Umbrella movement lost but not dead. We are back.”

Response: “I held my tambourine during Occupy Central rallies almost every night. I read my oath very solemnly. I have no fear, but I have sought legal advice and am prepared for the worst in case I am disqualified.”

8. Turned the flag upside down

Cheng Chung-tai

Before the oath, he said he did not think making a gesture during the oath-taking was a practical way to fight for democracy, and shouted: “People to design the law. Renew the contract. Hongkongers are the highest.”

During a break in the meeting, he turned some flags on pro-Beijing lawmakers’ seats upside down.

Response: “I do not care what Chen thinks at all. He is a mainland official, and I am responsible only for Hong Kong’s law. He should not have anything to say under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle.”

Note: an earlier version of this report identified only 14 lawmakers.