Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday that he is “afraid” of filibustering and that he hopes to see fewer lawmakers resorting to this measure in the Legislative Council (LegCo) after the upcoming election in September.

During a technology startup event, Leung suddenly requested to speak when event attendees gathered on stage for a group photo. He said that he believes the majority of technology-related bills next year can be passed provided there are no interventions such as filibustering.

“I am not afraid of the election… I am afraid of filibustering, so I hope that the new Legislative Council will consist of fewer lawmakers who perform such an act,” said Leung.

From left to right: Ma Huateng, Shen Nan-diao, Leung Chun-ying, Tung Chee-hwa, Zhang Xiaoming.

The chief executive also said that the Hong Kong government is very supportive of technological development and said that major policies related to technology will be announced next year. Leung was criticised during the event by Ma Huateng, president of Chinese internet giant Tencent, for not showing enough support towards technological development.

Other people present at the ceremony included former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa and Zhang Xiaoming, director of the China Liaison Office.

Dennis Kwok Wing-hang. Photo: RTHK Screenshot.

Pan-democratic lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen told Apple Daily on Tuesday that Leung’s statement showed that filibustering is an effective way to keep the Chief Executive in check.

Pan-democratic lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang of the legal functional constituency told RTHK that Leung is “stubbornly unrepentant” to make such a statement without reflecting on his own political misdoings.

Kwok added that [pan-democratic] lawmakers will strongly oppose controversial bills and that Leung cannot resolve the matter by saying “vote them out,” referring to a statement made by the Chief Executive last year. At the time, Leung urged the public to vote pan-democratic lawmakers out of LegCo if they were dissatisfied with the camp’s acts of filibustering and their involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement.

Gene Lin

Gene Lin is a Journalism and Computer Science student at The University of Hong Kong. He worked as a reporter for the 'LIVE: Verified Updates' during the Occupy Central protests. He is also an editor at HKU's first English-language student paper, The Lion Post.