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Localist pair help take the heat off new Legco chief Andrew Leung

If Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching had not deliberately botched their oath-taking, Legislative Council president would have got a grilling from pan-dems

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 1:06am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 1:06am

It’s what happens when you send children to the Legislative Council – they mess things up.

The pan-democrats have had a very good conspiracy story to tell about Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen. The new Legco president holds multiple directorships in investment, trading and large holding companies. That should raise issues about potential conflicts of interest. He also held British nationality, which he only applied to renounce late last month, raising questions about whether he was trying to hide it. The Legco president is barred from holding foreign citizenship.

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On a slow week, these issues could make good news copy if the pan-dems had kept going on about them. But you won’t be hearing much now, thanks to our young localist pair, Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching. They made a mess of their Legco oath-taking last week and offended everyone. Yau used swear words and both pronounced China like a derogatory term once used by Japanese imperialists.

Now even public figures and groups that are not usually friendly to Beijing are calling for their heads. Some even demand they quit Legco before they’ve even started. The news focus is whether the pair will apologise and retake their oaths properly today.

The two Leungs – Andrew and CY – should thank the localist youngsters for taking the pressure off them, though the chief executive has been feigning outrage at the two since last week.

Andrew Leung got the top job in Legco so he could work as a henchman for the government and the pro-establishment group in the new legislature. The pan-dems knew they couldn’t stop his election but would at least try to discredit him.

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But even that battle is now lost as people focus instead on Sixtus Leung and Yau. Only Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, the newly elected independent, is trying to revive the story about Andrew Leung’s nationality – by flying to Britain to investigate.

He is making himself look foolish. He is demanding to meet Home Secretary Amber Rudd for an explanation of why Andrew Leung’s renunciation of his British nationality was processed so quickly. He wants to know if China had pressured Britain to do so.

Good luck with that, Eddie. Chu has had a good run going after the Heung Yee Kuk and the government’s shady dealings with it. Now he is just wasting time.