New People’s Party lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee burst into tears during a radio program this morning after walking out on yesterday’s vote for the Beijing-backed election proposal.
“The central government must be very disappointed. I also feel very sad,” Ip told RTHK. “I didn’t sleep well yesterday. I really wanted to cast my vote.”
She further added, “I really believe that it would be beneficial for Hong Kong if everyone has a vote [for the chief executive in 2017] … the some 40 of us [pro-establishment lawmakers] have worked very hard for this.”
The legislative council voted down the Beijing-backed election proposal yesterday after pro-Beijing lawmakers staged a surprise walkout.
A total of 28 pro-democracy lawmakers voted against the proposal, while only eight lawmakers voted for it.
When asked if Ip will still run for chief executive in the 2017 election, she answered, “I do not have time to think about this now. The situation is chaotic at the moment. My priority is to help my party with the district council and Legislative Council elections.”
Fortunately for Ip, Beijing had seemingly already decided that the proposal would be put into effect whether or not the Legislative Council voted it in.
Watch her emotional response below:
政改方案被否決，新民黨主席葉劉淑儀表示昨日睡得很差，因為無法投票，越想越遺憾，睡到半夜時也「扎醒」，又表示辛苦了20個月也未能令政改通過，期間她激動落淚。＃香港電台 ＃政改 ＃葉劉淑儀 ＃新民黨
Posted by 香港電台視像新聞 RTHK VNEWS on Thursday, June 18, 2015
[Image via RTHK]
By Sharon Choi