Civic Party lawmaker Alvin Yeung has apologised after failing to show up at the legislature for a motion on one-way permits for mainland Chinese people that he himself had proposed. The motion was scrapped as a result.

The Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon was set to debate Yeung’s motion, which urged the government to review the policy allowing 150 people to move to Hong Kong from mainland China every day. The government has no power to vet who can move to Hong Kong, a fact that is often criticised by pro-democracy lawmakers.

Alvin Yeung. File Photo: Civic Party.

But when it was Yeung’s turn to move the motion, Yeung was nowhere to be seen in the legislative chamber. Legislative Council President Andrew Leung then scrapped his motion and ended the meeting.

Yeung said that he had been in his office watching a live broadcast of the government’s press conference on the national anthem law. He bowed and apologised to the public as he met with reporters.

“It was my problem, it was solely my responsibility, I apologise to supporters and people who are concerned about the matter,” he said. “In the near future, the Civic Party and I will take every opportunity to move the relevant motion again.”

“The lesson I learned is that when there are two important issues happening at the same time, I have to make a clear decision. Since I proposed the motion, I am the only person who can move it, this is my mistake,” he said.

Legislative Council President Andrew Leung announcing the meeting was ended. Photo: LegCo Screenshot,

Yeung said he has yet to discuss with other pro-democracy lawmakers whether to use their slots for motions to raise a similar motion again.

He said his office will propose a private members’ bill by the end of 2019 on reforming the one-way permit policy.

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.