Lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung has been fined HK$4,800 by the Legislative Council after he splashed ink on the Finance Committee’s acting chairman Chan Kam-lam last month.

The incident took place on March 11 as Leung attempted to stall a committee meeting where HK$19.6 billion in funding was approved for the controversial Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). Leung was also given a warning over his conduct on March 18 when he hurled “hell money” at Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por.

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Leung Kwok-hung sprayed ink on Chan Kam-lam. Photo: StandNews.

Leung stated on Wednesday the he believed that the fine was unreasonable, Ming Pao reported.

“If my actions have levied any extra costs towards the Legislative Council I will pay them, because those services are not covered by the staff at LegCo. But if the staff can, in fact, do it then the fine should not be paid. For example, if I broke a glass, the staff cannot repair the glass so therefore I will pay for a replacement.”

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Leung also complained that the LegCo President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing had tried to charge him for clean-up costs.

“I don’t think it is fair, since there is a lot of activity on Fridays when legislators can invite guests and visitors to have lunch at the dining room. I don’t think that has anything to do with the duty of those legislators, so I wonder whether they have to pay extra charges or not,” he said.

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Hong Kong lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung. Photo: Wikicommons.

The March 11 Finance Committee meeting was marred by chaotic scenes where pan-dem lawmakers tried to rush Chan’s table in protest of his conduct, and a controversial surprise vote was called to approve the bill. The conduct of Chan Kam-lam has been roundly criticised despite his own public affirmation of his conduct and support from Jasper Tsang.

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.