Jul 18, 2022
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Liang Kaichang is a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council in the accounting field. On November 11, he and three colleagues were deprived of their membership by the Hong Kong government. In an exclusive interview with DW, Liang Jichang accused the National People's Congress and the Hong Kong government of "inappropriate procedures" for the decision. At the same time, he also emphasized that with the general resignation of the pro-democracy party, the Legislative Council has been weakened, and the function of supervising the government needs to be shouldered by all Hong Kong people. DW: How did you first learn about the possibility of being disqualified from the Legislative Council? Liang Jichang: Actually, I only learned about photo background removing it from public media reports. The earliest was a very pro-Beijing Newsletter, which mentioned that our four members who were banned from participating in the next Legislative Council election should also withdraw from the current Legislative Council. However, in August, based on the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, we were invited to remain in the Legislative Council. Today, however, they changed their decision and the NPC directly imposed conditions on our Legislative Council members. For us, it's certainly shocking. I don't see any justification or plausibility in it. Two months ago, it was the National People's Congress that agreed to let us stay in the Legislative Council. Now it is the National People's Congress that has issued additional conditions and then retroactively took new regulations. It can be said that the NPC's decision to authorize the DQ essentially killed "one country, two systems" and ended the full functions of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. The functions and powers of the Legislative Council are used to supervise the government and approve bills promulgated by the government. If our parliamentarians are always threatened with "immediate DQ if they do not comply with Article 104 of the Basic Law", then the autonomy, independence and integrity of the legislature will also be threatened urgently. Article 104 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong is often interpreted broadly by the government.