The former assistant to Democratic Party lawmaker Kam Nai-wai has broken her week-long silence on the alleged sexual harassment case that resulted in her sacking, vowing to 'seek justice' despite the 'trauma- tising ordeal' she has been through. The statement by Kimmie Wong last night came as the Legislative Council House Committee voted 37-0 after a heated three-hour debate to pursue a formal investigation into the incident, which could ultimately see Kam disqualified from office. The statement was sent through her lawyers, whom she said were studying whether she would take part in the Legco investigation and an independent inquiry commissioned by the Democratic Party. Wong also confirmed she had complained to the party leadership after being sacked by Kam on September 24. 'The traumatising ordeal in the past few days has given my family and I unprecedented distress and pressure. Unnecessary quotations, rumours and reports by so-called informed sources have caused ... bigger damage,' the statement said. Calling for people to respect her privacy, Wong added: 'I hope the incident will be dealt with seriously so that I can seek justice for myself.' Earlier, at the Legco House Committee meeting, lawmakers discussed plans to handle public complaints against Kam, of which there have been more than a dozen. Duty members of Legco's complaints division said the allegations were serious and raised questions on the credibility of both Kam and the legislature. They proposed a standing committee on members' interests be empowered to investigate. But the Civic Party and some other pan-democrats believed that mechanism was too informal and could be abused by political rivals. 'These are serious allegations and should be dealt with by a serious mechanism,' said Civic Party lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, who proposed triggering the disqualification mechanism under Article 79 of the Basic Law. Frederick Fung Kin-kee, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said the committee on members' interests was inappropriate because it only issued guidelines on ethics for lawmakers. Lau Kong-wah, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, accused the pan-democrats of 'shifting the focus' with the aim of delaying and eventually dropping the matter. Finally there was unanimous agreement to form an investigation committee under Article 79. Under a mechanism that has never been invoked before, a motion seeking to censure Kam will be moved, with a special committee being formed to investigate. Legco House Committee chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee will organise the setting up of a working group that will outline the charges against Kam, before moving the motion. Upon completion of the inquiry, if two-thirds of lawmakers endorse the motion, Kam will lose his seat. 'I will co-operate fully with the investigation, which I believe will be conducted in a fair manner,' Kam said after the meeting. He has repeatedly denied making advances to Wong, despite admitting he had expressed his feelings for her in June. If Wong agrees to appear before the committee, she could in theory be open to a libel lawsuit because she will not have immunity when giving evidence. But if she is an unwilling witness and Legco decides to invoke its powers to make her appear, she would have immunity. Sally Choi Wing-sze, chairwoman of the Association for the Advancement of Feminism, said: 'Her privacy cannot be protected if she is compulsorily required to attend Legco meetings.' Wu Mei-lin, co-ordinator of the Hong Kong Women Workers' Association, urged Legco to carry out the investigations behind closed doors to protect Wong's privacy.