Lawmakers are not above the law

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The Eastern Magistracy on Monday found Legislative Council (LegCo) member Ted Hui Chi-fung of the Democratic Party guilty of all three charges filed against him for snatching the mobile phone off an officer from the Security Bureau doing her job inside the LegCo Complex on April l last year. Hui denied all three charges and argued that he assumed the officer was “spying” on him in violation of his privacy, but the judge found his excuses insufficient to clear him – such as the claim he was subjected to political prosecution.

It should be noted that Hui is not the first opposition lawmaker to accuse the Department of Justice of political prosecution even though there were multiple eyewitnesses to his illegal act. He was physically involved in multiple scuffles before the police had to be called in to break up things and to investigate. This time as soon as he was charged with offenses, he countered with accusations of political prosecution like his fellow opposition politicians always do. This leaves people with the impression that opposition politicians are somehow above the law in Hong Kong.

People may find it hard to understand why some lawmakers often behave as if they can break Hong Kong laws without consequences, but it is not that difficult if they notice those who have always supported them no matter what they did and defended them even if they violated Hong Kong laws. Their fellow opposition politicians and especially those big-shot lawyers have hardly ever admitted in public their unlawful behavior or deliberate illegal acts. And how can anyone forget certain Western governments’ encouragement of illegal acts and abusive behavior by the opposition camp in Hong Kong?

Even worse than personally breaking Hong Kong law is that these opposition politicians are constantly providing a bad example to the younger generation and a dangerous path to self-destruction – at least career-wise. By calling their own illegal acts “civil disobedience” and accusing the government of political prosecution, they are brainwashing many young people into believing they can do anything they want in the name of “democracy”. They are basically using young people as cannon fodder to serve their own political agenda as well as the interests of certain Western powers.

The magistrate has put Hui’s sentence on hold until June 10, pending a community service report. Many people are interested in whether he will serve a prison sentence and for how long, because it may affect his eligibility to run for reelection next year. He also asked the magistrate not to give him a prison sentence, so he can finish his current term in LegCo and run for reelection next year. The question is, can the voting public trust him and give him another chance? Given the blind support he enjoys right now it is highly unlikely he will be a “changed man”.

Lawmakers are not above the law

(HK Edition 05/28/2019 page9)

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