Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung has said he felt “a bit sorry” after saying that the Legislative Council Secretariat “misled and betrayed” him during Wednesday’s session at the legislature. He said his comments were “a little too severe” on a radio show on Friday morning.

Leung gave up his role presiding over the election of a new LegCo president, allowing the next most senior lawmaker, Abraham Shek Lai-him, to take over.

Leung Yiu-chung. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

Shek then changed the meeting venue to Conference Room 1. A walk-out of opposition lawmakers then ensued, and pro-Beijing figure Andrew Leung was elected with a vote count of 38. Pro-democracy candidate James To Kun-sun received no votes.

As critics blamed Leung for the debacle, he hit back saying that secretariat had given him and Shek different interpretations of the power moderators had in chairing such meeting.

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Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

He said again that he was told that he could only moderate the election process. However, former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-tsing said on Thursday that his powers would have been equal to that of the LegCo president.

After appearing on the radio show, online commenters continued to express their displeasure at the turn of events, saying that “even if the Secretariat was tricking you, if you worked hard and knew the rules of procedure well, you would know how to react.”

Another said: “He has been LegCo councilor for years. He should have his own judgement. More than 300,000 voters have hope in him.”

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.