Executive councillor and Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung – key organiser of the bizarre walkout in the Legislative Council that left just eight fellow pro-Beijing lawmakers to vote for the government electoral reform – has again apologised for the farce. However, Lam said the pandemocrats should be blamed for stripping Hongkongers of the right to choose their leader by one man, one vote in 2017. The reform package was rejected by a vote of 28 to 8 on Thursday, with one pro-establishment lawmaker, Dr Leung Ka-lau, joining the 27 pan-democrats in voting “no”. “First, I deeply regret that I did not cast my vote to support the government’s political reform motion,” Lam said on RTHK’s Letter to Hong Kong yesterday. But he was quick to add that the motion could not get passed anyway without the support of the pan-democrats. “That is to say there was no possibility of the motion getting a two-thirds majority [needed],” Lam said. “The government motion was bound to be vetoed. We are extremely distressed and disappointed … we wish to express our anger at the opposition for vetoing the motion.” Seconds before the historic vote, Lam initiated a walkout in order to deny a quorum to buy time for party colleague Lau Wong-fat, who was said to be rushing to the chamber to vote. Lam’s tactic backfired. On his blog, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah urged the community to heal the rift. “Like many citizens, I also hope the various sectors of the community could set aside political differences … so as to allow the social disputes to be eased and the serious split to be mended gradually,” Tsang wrote.