Youngspiration pair were in the wrong, but they deserve a second chance

By Veronica Lo, Heep Yunn School
By Veronica Lo, Heep Yunn School |

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Yau Wai-ching (L) and Sixtus Baggio Leung deserve a second chance.

Youngspiration pair Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching became the centre of attention because of their oath-taking saga at the end of last year. The intentionally mispronounced “China” as “Chee-na”. I think this was very ignorant of them. First, the term “Chee-na” is a demeaning, racist term. Pronouncing “China” as “Chee-na” during such a solemn ceremony is definitely unacceptable, as it proves they aren’t showing any respect to their motherland. Trying to get independence for Hong Kong is one thing, but they should do it in a peaceful way. No matter how much you dislike China, we should behave ourselves under any circumstances.

However, despite what they have done, I think the Legislative Council should give them one more chance and arrange a second oath-taking, as they have been officially elected by the people. If they still do not take the oath properly, they will have to bear the consequences, and be disqualified from entering the LegCo. I think this is the best way to solve the controversy.

Edited by Lucy Christie

Veronica Lo is the Second Runner-up of the Junior Division of the Heep Yunn SCMP Newspaper Report Competition (2016-2017). Congrats to Maisie and our other winners, Maisie Liu and Casey Chow.