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Deathly mood bites in legislature

Central Station | May 19, 2017
Legislators Helena Wong Pik-wan and Junius Ho Kwan-yiu had a fiery exchange during yesterday's third reading of the appropriation bill.

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.



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