Deathly mood bites in legislatureCentral Station | May 19, 2017
The Democratic Party's Wong had reacted to criticism by establishment caucus convener Martin Liao Cheung- kong directed at a pan-democrat colleague of Wong's, who'd said there was nothing worth celebrating during the upcoming handover anniversary.
Backing the view, Wong remarked: "Nobody wants to smile or is in any mood to celebrate. Instead, Hongkongers just want to protest. It's like a funeral. We just can't celebrate because democracy looks dead."
That set off Ho, nominally independent but a firm establishment backer. He fired back at Wong, saying: "it's despicable and shameless for her to compare the handover with a funeral." He then asked if that meant she'd consider it a happy occasion if someone in her family passed away.
In jumped Wong partymate Roy Kwong Chun-yu, remarking that Ho appeared to lack basic humanity and asking him: "Do you know what happened in her family?" In fact, Wong's mother passed away last month.
After things cooled down, the bill passed by a 37-27 margin.