Three laws were passed at the Hong Kong Model Legislative Council, an annual training course put on for secondary school students to experience being a lawmaker.

The students participated in a model debate to discuss issues as lawmakers and presented the results on Sunday. The Model LegCo passed the collective bargaining law, amendments to the broadcasting ordinance, as well as ordinance for elderly care homes. The national security law, however, was not passed, reported Ming Pao.

The eighth edition of Hong Kong Model Legislative Council concluded on Sunday.
The eighth edition of Hong Kong Model Legislative Council concluded on Sunday. Photo: Hong Kong Model Legislative Council.

Lawmakers were invited to comment on the results. Civic Party leader Alan Leong, one of the guests at the ceremony, commented that the collective bargaining law would not have been passed at the real LegCo, as the business sector would have stopped it.

Emily Lau of the Democracy Party said, “If passing the collective bargaining law is possible in reality, I would work overtime in LegCo to pass it.”

Students participating as model lawmakers
Secondary school students participating as model lawmakers. Photo: Hong Kong Mode Legislative Council.

The short-lived collective bargaining law was passed in LegCo days before Hong Kong’s handover to China in July 1997. It was suspended two weeks after the handover and abolished three months later by the Provisional Legislative Council.

The Hong Kong Model Legislative Council was put on by the Hong Kong Young Leaders Development Association. It has been held annually since 2008.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.