People Power legislator Chan Chi-chuen said on Tuesday that he will pursue a no-confidence vote against the president of Hong Kong legislature Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, after Tsang was found directing pro-Beijing legislators via Whatsapp messages during the political reform vote.

Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: GovHK.

Chan said he had written to the House Committee of the Legislative Council asking it to add a motion of no-confidence against Jasper Tsang to the items to be discussed at the next meeting. Chan said he wished to propose the motion in the last council meeting of the legislative year, which will be held next Wednesday.

Legislative chamber.

Chan said Tsang sent an apology letter to pan-democrats on Monday. He said: “The letter is not new, [and it is] only repeating Tsang’s speech that he believed himself to be neutral while holding the meeting. I replied that I am not satisfied and do not accept his apology.”

The motion will be discussed in the House Committee meeting this Friday. The motion is unlikely to be passed by the full council because it requires a majority from both the functional and geographical constituencies. Pro-Beijing legislators have previously voiced their support for Tsang to stay as the president of the legislature.

Speaking on a radio show on Tuesday morning, pro-Beijing legislator Chung Shu-kan said the person who leaked the Whatsapp group messages “should have been caught.” He said that was because the person had changed his behaviour following the incident, and that the China Liaison Office has told lawmakers not to search for the “insider” among themselves.

He said he suspected the “insider” to be an independent lawmaker. When the program host asked whether that person loved wearing shorts, he replied: “you have made it so explicit.”

Tse Wai-chun (left) wearing shorts inside LegCo. Photo: Apple Daily

Independent legislator Tse Wai-chun, who is from the pro-Beijing camp, has been seen wearing shorts inside the legislative chamber.

Eric Cheung

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