Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So
Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

What to expect from elections for Hong Kong’s reformed legislature

  • Understandably, Beijing lost patience with lawmakers’ antics that left Legco unable to function, but the pendulum on political reform has swung too far
  • Order will be restored in the short term, but killing hope for the future is not good for long-term stability

Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So
Lawmaker Abraham Razack (bottom centre) is surrounded by other legislators during a meeting on the Fugitive Offenders Bill at the Legislative Council on May 11, 2019. Beijing lost patience with the shenanigans in Legco. Photo: Edmond So
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.