Andrew Leung Kwan-yuenLeung Kwan-yuen, the president of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionLegislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, believes that the new LegCo will have good cooperation with the incoming SAR government to solve deep-rooted problems and benefit the people of Hong Kong.
There is a delicate balance between the fact that the LegCo needs to cooperate with the government while supervising their work. He said that they wanted to work with the new government to elevate the current good executive and legislative relationship to a higher level.
In an interview ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, he said that new LegCo members are able to express different views and conduct thorough discussions on different bills under the principle of patriots administering Hong Kong.
Lueng said there was nothing unusual about ensuring that the patriots administer Hong Kong, which is universal around the world. He said there is no place in the world where people holding public office are not patriots.
The lawmaker of the seventh-term Legislative Council wore an oath of allegiance to the HKSAR and its Basic Law in front of the national emblem on January 3. The 90 members are the first group of lawmakers elected in Hong Kong under the revamped electoral system.
Members are all patriots and are capable, professional lawmakers representing different sectors, Lueng said. There are many experienced people who want to serve Hong Kong people and they can express different opinions without getting personal. Andrew Leung Kwan-yuenLeung Kwan-yuen, president of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionLegislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, receives journalists for an interview on June 10. ZOU HONG CHINA DAILY Leung, who also served as president for the six-term LegCo, said that opposition LegCo members colluded with foreign forces to undermine the principle of one country, two systems, and proved that the one country, two systems principle would not work, he said.
The National Security Law was introduced for Hong Kong and the electoral system was improved by the central government.
Since last year, Leung said that LegCo has returned to normal and it has passed many good laws for the economy and the livelihood of people.
He said the change was obvious. The LegCo passed a record 46 government bills last year, more than double the average during previous legislative years. We can act like a normal legislature, talking about bills and decide whether to pass or not. He said that it is not a rubber-stamp parliament as not all bills are passed and they have all gone through a thorough discussion.
He said that the new LegCo has limited the number of people in committees so that committee members can have in-depth discussions on social problems, such as housing and youth mobility.
The practice of 'one country, two systems' has been successful in the past 25 years despite the ups and downs, Leung said. It's an unprecedented, great and landmark concept, and one that is conducive to Hong Kong and the country, so we have to conform to the principle and make sure it is implemented well.