10th October, 2014
Pro-Establishment Camp Proposal to Investigate Occupy Movement Passed
Tens of thousands people have spontaneously occupied Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok over the past days, demanding the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) to withdraw its Hong Kong political reform framework which essentially denied a genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, a Legislative Council member from Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, proposed at the House Committee to use Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (P&P) to investigate how the occupy movement was orchestrated and funded. Despite the fact that the pan-democratic camp objected the proposal, it was passed by 35 yes votes (against 25 no votes). The proposal will be deliberated and voted by the council later on – it will not be passed should the pan-democrats voted against the proposal.
Raymond Wong Yuk-man, an independent LegoCo member, also proposed the use of P&P to investigate the police’s handling of protesters in Mong Kok where gangs and triads attacked protesters. Although all 23 pan-democrats voted for the proposal, with the 36 votes from the pro-establishment camp, the motion was voted down.