Legco ushers in a new pattern with pro-establishment camp to carry heavy responsibilities through thick and thin
While the enforcement of the HKSAR National Security Law [the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region] curbs the arrogance of the advocates for Hong Kong independence, the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on the qualification of members of the Legislative Council (Legco) of the HKSAR smashes the so-called "Council Frontline." With four politicians from the pro-mutual-destruction camp being disqualified with immediate effect and another 15 from the same camp jointly performing a "resignation farce" to kick up a big fuss, the remaining lawmakers now are mostly from the pro-establishment camp. This is the embodiment in the legislature of [the principle of] "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong with patriots as the main body".The Legco now stands at a new starting point, ushering in a new patter. It is believed the pro-establishment lawmakers will be able to better fulfill their duties, to present a new image and to demonstrate a new work style.
Legco's House Committee and Finance Committee held their meetings yesterday. These were meetings held the first time after the "farcical resignation" by the pro-mutual-destruction members. Both meetings went on smoothly, giving the public a breath of fresh air. Under "one country two systems", the Legco must be based on constructive forces while also tolerate the loyal opposition. In this way it can represents various sectors to supervise the government. According to its Rules of Procedure, Legco members may support, oppose or even "pick holes in" any motion or funding proposal filed by the government. But all this should be done with only one aim, which is to enable the government to improve its administration and to better serve public interests. It is absolutely not allowed to make use of loopholes in the system to do filibustering endlessly and cause meetings to be aborted without limit in an evil attempt to paralyse the legislature, impede the government's administration or even overthrow the government.
The smooth going of the Legco meetings yesterday is a good start which is inspiring. On the same day, a subcommittee meeting had to be aborted because the majority of its members are from the pro-mutual-destruction camp with only one from the pro-establishment camp. The "farcical resignation" by pro-mutual-destruction members thus resulted in a lack of quorum. Legco members from the pro-mutual-destruction camp have indiscriminately set up a lot of subcommittees and jostled for their chairmanships. Now they chuck it all in for the purpose of seeking mutual-destruction, which is completely irresponsible. They proclaim that they would "act in unison" but in fact they are "in a state of disarray". As of yesterday, only two of them have actually resigned. The other 13 won't quit until December 1, and logically they should continue fulfilling their duties until then. But they do not go to work while still receiving pay. With such an attitude toward work, even an ordinary employee will surely be disqualified, let alone a lawmaker.
Yet from another perspective, the collective resignation by legislators from the pro-mutual-destruction camp may not be a bad thing. This puts an end to filibustering and abortion of meetings once and for all, and restores the Legco to what it should be in the first place. This could be said the only right thing the opposition has ever done in the past more than two decades since Hong Kong's return to the Motherland. These days, many citizens enthusiastically show their support to the decision of the NPC Standing Committee through street and online signing petitions, an evidence of the common aspiration of the people.
As pointed out by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office [of the State Council] in a statement, the farcical resignation by certain opposition lawmakers won't affect the normal operation of the Legco, which will instead be able to better play a constructive role with a significant weakening of the destructive power within. Lawmakers remaining in office are hoped to fulfill their duties according to the law, to be more proactive in epidemic prevention and control, economic recovery and alleviating people's hardship, to more efficiently scrutinise and pass policies and measures of public concern regarding people's livelihood and benefits, and to join hands and work together with various social sectors in safeguarding national security, safeguarding Hong Kong's overall interests and safeguarding Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability, so as to play their due role in ensuring the smooth and long-term successful practice of the "one country, two systems" policy.
"The bodies and souls of people like you will fall into decay eventually, but it will not stop the rivers flowing for all eternity." Desperate as they are, pro-mutual-destruction Legco members now opt for "self-destruction". The NPC Standing Committee's decision has swept away all the obstacles for the Legco to get back on track. Pro-establishment lawmakers now can better play a constructive role, and the opposition lawmakers remaining in office should play the part of loyal opposition. In this way they can complement each other. It is in Hong Kong's interest and in the nation's interest to have an upright and righteous legislature that is opt to do something to make a difference. For this, the public is full of expectations.
14 November 2020