Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said that he decided to cancel a trip to Beijing in order to handle a court case related to controversy over two localist lawmakers’ oath-taking and “other incidents” that may occur owing to their actions.

“Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung’s speech and actions during and after the Legislative Council oath-taking have caused a very bad effect,” Leung said before the regular Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

Leung Chun-ying
Leung Chun-ying. Photo: GovHK.

The government previously applied for a judicial review in an effort to block two pro-independence lawmakers from retaking their oaths in the Legislative Council, and later added a request that their seats be vacated. The court will hear the case on Thursday.

“Other than the court case in two days, it is very likely that – owing to their speeches and actions during and after the Legislative Council oath-taking – other incidents will be triggered, therefore I need to handle it in the next two, three days.”

Leung did not explain what the “other incidents” were. When asked if Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung will be undergoing criminal investigation, Leung repeatedly said the government will notify the media when they have news.

Pro-Beijing media have suggested that the duo may have committed an offence by making a false declaration to uphold the Basic Law when they submitted their nominations to run for LegCo seats.

Asked about whether an interpretation of the Basic Law by the National People’s Congress would be required, Leung said: “We hope it can be solved within Hong Kong’s parameters, but we cannot rule out the possibility.”

Baggio Leung Yau Wai-ching
Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

It was announced on Monday that he cancelled a scheduled trip to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the 20th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium on Thursday with Beijing mayor Wang Anshun.

Asked when he will announce whether he will run for a second term, Leung told reporters: “I will notify you when I have a decision.”

“Going to Beijing [or not] is not related to whether I will run or not,” he said.

Leung wrote on his blog entitled “The buck stops here” on Sunday that the chief executive cannot avoid controversy: “It is easy to be a good person, but to be a person who is disliked, responsibility and courage are required.”

Leung did not explain who he was referring to when asked. “The blog I wrote has complete and clear meanings,” he said.

The press conference only lasted for less than two minutes before Leung left.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng

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.