1. Timeline for Article 23 legislation

2. What did our legislators say? (2 July 2003 onwards)


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1. Timeline for Article 23 legislation

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Date Event
24 Sept 2002 The Government released "Proposals to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law" Consultation Document
15 Dec 2002 Protest with about 60 000 people participating opposed the Article 23 legislation
24 Dec 2002 End of the three-month consultation period. The Government received a total of 97 097 local submissions, involving 340 513 signatures
28 Jan 2003 The Government further clarifies legislative proposals to implement BL 23 and the release of "Compendium of Submissions"
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200301/28/0128198.htm)
11 Feb 2003 The Chief Executive-in-Council endorsed the Bill to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200302/13/0213140.htm)
14 Feb 2003 National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill was gazetted
26 Feb 2003 National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council for First and Second Readings
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200302/24/0224159.htm)
28 Feb 2003 Date of Bills Committee on National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill formed
6 March 2003 First Bills Committee meeting was held
(Source: http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr02-03/english/bc/bc55/general/bc55.htm)
12 April 2003 The Bills Committee received public views on the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill for the first time
3 June 2003 The Government announced draft amendments to the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200306/03/0603272.htm)
7 June 2003 The Government proposed the first draft Committee Stage Amendments to the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill
16 June 2003 The Government proposed the second draft Committee Stage Amendments to the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill
25 June 2003 The Government proposed the 3rd draft of the proposed Committee Stage Admendments to the Bill
25 June 2003 Secretary for Security tendered her resignation on personal grounds (did not know till 16 July 2003)
27 June 2003 The Chairman of the Bills Committee submitted the Report of the Bills Committee on National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill to the House Committee meeting. The House Committee agreed to the resumption of the Second Reading debates.
(Source: http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr02-03/english/hc/papers/hc0627cb2-2646e.pdf)
28 June 2003 The Government proposed the 4th draft of the proposed Committee Stage Admendments to the Bill
1 July 2003 Protest with more than 500,000 people participating opposed the Article 23 legislation
5 July 2003 Government decided to introduce the final amendments to the three most controversial areas of the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill (namely, the public interest defence, withdraw the proposals to give the Police the power to make emergency investigative entry and arrest without judicial warrant and removing the mechanism whereby Hong Kong organisations subordinate to a Mainland body banned on national security grounds which could be banned by the Secretary for Security)
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200307/05/0705158.htm)
9 July 2003 The Government decided to defer the resumption of the second reading of the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200307/09/0709268.htm)
16 July 2003 The Chief Executive decided to accept Secretary for Security's resignation and recommended to the Central People's Government the removal
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200307/16/0716220.htm)
17 July 2003 The Chief Executive announced to reopen consultation on Article 23 legislation and to schedule of the legislative process would depend on how the consultation goes
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200307/17/0717228.htm)
5 Sept 2003 The Chief Executive announced that National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill be withdrawn
(Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200309/05/0905155.htm)

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2. What did our legislators say? (2 July 2003 onwards)

LegCo Member

Position as of 2nd July

(Source: South China Morning Post)

Position as of 5th July

(support or oppose resumption of second reading)

Position as of 7th July

(after the government has made the decision to defer the Bill)

Position as of 17th July

(after the government has made the decision to conduct re-consultation)

1.      Mrs Rita FAN HSU Lai-tai, GBS, JP [Election Committee]

As president of the LegCo, She is not required to vote on the Bill

Ditto

Ditto

Ditto

Liberal Party

2.       James TIEN Pei-chun, GBS, JP [Commercial - First]

"We're very concernedíK the Liberal Party has made suggestions"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

"It was impossible for me to vote for the resumption of the second reading on July 9 while other members supported a deferral"

Support the government's decision of posing no deadline for the legislation, but the legislation should get passed within a year so as to avoid the discussion all over again after the LegCo election.

3.      Selina CHOW LIANG Suk-yee, GBS, JP [Wholesale and Retail]

"We have expressed our worries to the government"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The examination of the bill is close to completion. A few more months of consultation would be enough. The second reading can be resumed before the end of the year.

 

4.       Miriam LAU Kin-yee, JP [Transport]

"It depends on whether the government will respond to concerns"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

Support the government to have extensive consultation for the article 23 legislation.

5.      Mrs Sophie LEUNG LAU Yau-fun, SBS, JP [Textiles and Garment]

"The march had some effectíKI'll do what I am supposed to do"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

 

6.      LAU Wong-fat, GBS, JP [Heung Yee Kuk]

"The government will act in the interests of the public"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

Heung Yee Kuk has made consultation overseas, and people support the legislation. Therefore, I will support the legislation.

 

7.      Howard YOUNG, SBS, JP [Tourism]

"I cannot tell you my decision until I consult the trade"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

 

8.      Kenneth TING Woo-shou, JP [Industrial - First]

"We will follow the party line, but the party has not decided"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

 

9.      Tommy CHEUNG Yu-yan, JP [Catering]

"We vote on part lines. Talk to our party chairman"

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

The second reading of the bill should be deferred, and the legislation should get passed on or before 17th Dec 2003.

 

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB)

10.     Jasper TSANG Yok-sing, GBS, JP [Kowloon West]

"Disputes will continue if the bill's enactment is postponed"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

11.    CHAN Kam-lam, JP [Kowloon East]

"I support the bill. The march did not affect my decision"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

12.    LAU Kong-wah, JP [New Territories East]

"I will support it, the march has not affected my decision at all"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

13.    CHOY So-yuk [Hong Kong Island]

"We ought to study the details again"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

14.    IP Kwok-him, JP [District Council]

"I'll vote for it [but] the government should do more explaining"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

In support of the government reprinting the documents concerning Article 23, explaining the content of the law to the public more clearly.

15.    WONG Yung-kan [Agriculture and Fisheries]

"I support the bill. The march did not affect my decision"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

16.    YEUNG Yiu-ching, BBS [Election Committee]

"It is very clear. I will support the government will"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

 

The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU)

17.    TAM Yiu-chung, GBS, JP [New Territories West]

"Article 23 will not affect freedom and rights of the people"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The legislation should be done as soon as possible, but there's no deadline. Respect the government's decision to defer the legislation, as it's the only choice.

The amendments made by the government have already alleviated the worries of the people. The deferral was due to "political realities".

 

18.    CHAN Yuen-han, JP [Kowloon East]

"I accept the need for Article 23íK but we await the response"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

The deferral of the second reading is a clever move. It is correct in the light of either public opinion or technicality.

 

19.    LEUNG Fu-wah, MH, JP [Labour]

"I don't think deferring the bill will help"

The second reading should resume.

 

 

20.    CHAN Kwok-keung, JP [Labour]

"I will vote for the bill. The protest has not affected my decision"

Second reading should be resumed, adding public interest defence, deleting the law concerning proscription of organizations subordinating to organizations proscribed in Mainland.  Warrants from courts are required for police search of premises. All other parts remain unchanged.

 

 

Hong Kong Progressive Alliance

21.    Ambrose LAU Hon-chuen, GBS [Election Committee]

"The vote? I will tell you about that later"

The second reading should resume.

We will decide how to examine the bill after the meeting of the Bill committee

 

22.    HUI Cheung-ching, JP [Import and Export]

"It is impossible to have 100 per cent support for the bill"

The second reading should resume.

As the government cannot secure enough votes to pass the bill, deferral is a choice of no choice.

 

23.    David CHU Yu-lin, JP [Election Committee]

"I have not decidedíK I will not comment on the march"

The second reading should be resumed.

No response.

 

24.    TANG Siu-tong, JP [New Territories West]

"At the moment I'm still in favour of it"

The second reading should resume.

 

 

Breakfast Group

25.    Eric LI Ka-cheung, GBS, JP [Accountancy]

"I am gauging views from my electorate"

Not yet decided.

It is right to defer the second reading, since this will give the LegCo more time to debate over the bill.

 

26.    LUI Ming-wah, JP [Industrial - Second]

(Out of town)

Can't be reached

 

 

27.    NG Leung-sing, JP [Election Committee]

"I support the billíK the march made me more concerned"

The second reading should resume.

The government should finish the legislation as soon as possible.

 

28.    Hon Bernard CHAN, JP [Insurance]

"I have a heart operation soon, I may not be able to vote"

The second reading should resume, but a number of amendments should be made.

 

 

29.    Abraham SHEK Lai Him, JP [Real Estate and Construction]

"I am not in Hong Kong, I will tell you when I get back"

Can't be reached

Believe that the government decided to defer the second reading after careful consideration

 

30.    Raymond HO Chung-tai [Engineering]

"Everyone in my constituency is against the bill"

Opposes to the resumption of second reading the week after, but doesn't show his stance on Liberal Party's suggestion.

The deferral of the second reading shows the government's weak leadership and incompetence

 

31.    Dr LO Wing-lok, JP [Medical]

"I will vote according to the view of the doctors I have consulted"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

The Democratic Party

32.    YEUNG Sum [Hong Kong Island]

"We are encouraged by the protest. We will all vote against the bill"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

"Deferral doesn't mean that the controversy [on the draft legislation] is solved. It remains to be seen whether the delay is only a strategic move or a genuine response to the public's demands.

An open, fair and thorough public consultation should be conducted on the draft laws."

The government should issue a white bill for the legislation.

33.    Albert Ho Chun-yan [New Territories West]

"The law only represents the ideas of a minority"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

Support the government to have extensive consultation on Article 23 legislation.

34.    Fred LI Wah-ming [Kowloon West]

"I am very pleased that people are concerned with their rights"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

35.    Martin LEE Chu-ming, SC, JP [Hong Kong Island]

"The march gave me confidence to oppose the bill"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

The government should issue a white bill.

36.    SZETO Wah [Kowloon East]

"I oppose it, I will always oppose it"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

37.    James TO Kun-sun [Kowloon West]

"I am very pleased that people are concerned with their rights"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

The government should include the amendments suggested by the LegCo Councillors into the consultation document.

38.    CHEUNG Man-kwong [Education]

"The march moved me. It was a movement by Hong Kong citizens"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

39.    SIN Chung-kai [Information Technology]

"I am a democrat. That should say enough about my decision"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

40.    WONG Sing-chi [New Territories East]

"The march has strengthened our cause"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

41.    Andrew CHENG Kar-foo [New Territories East]

"The high turnout only strengthened my belief"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

42.    LAW Chi-kwong, JP [Social Welfare]

"The protest was an encouragement"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

The Frontier

43.    Emily LAU Wai-hing, JP [New Territories East]

"The protest showed quite clearly that many people are against it"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

The government should hold another round of public consultation on the national security bill

 

44.    Cyd HO Sau-lan [Hong Kong Island]

"I am against the bill because it is not reasonable"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions

45.    LAU Chin-shek, JP [Kowloon West]

"I am against the bill because the law limits people's freedom"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

46.    LEE Chuek-yan [New Territories West]

"My determination to vote against the bill has been reinforced"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

The re-consultation is a "sleight of hand to fool the public"

Neighbourhood and Workers Service Centre

47.    LEUNG Yiu-chung [New Territories West]

"Existing laws provide sufficient power to protect security"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood

48.    Frederick FUNG Kin-kee [Kowloon West]

"Of course I will vote against it"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

The government should abandon the bill in order to alleviate the anger of the public

 

Independents

49.    Audrey EU Yuet-mee, SC, JP [Hong Kong Island]

"The protest was an eye-opener. I am going to vote against the bill"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

The government should add the amendments suggested by the LegCo Councillors into the consultation paper.

50.    Margaret NG [Legal]

"The march means we are not alone"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

The government should hold another round of public consultation on the national security bill

The government should add the amendments suggested by the LegCo Councillors into the consultation paper.

51.    Albert CHAN Wai-yip [New Territories West]

"I will vote against it. The protest gave me more confidence"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

52.    Andrew WONG Wang-fat, JP [New Territories East]

"I have to vote on my conscience"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

53.    Micheal MAK Kwok-fung [Health Services]

"I will not vote for it, the protest has just given me strength"

The second reading should be deferred and no deadline should be set for the legislation.

Urge the government to clarify the meaning of the deferral of legislation, and require the government to make public consultation again, posing no deadline for the legislation.

 

54.    MA Fung-kwok, JP [Election Committee]

"I don't think there's any problem with the bill"

The second reading should resume.

 

 

55.    Dr Philip WONG Yu-hong, GBS [Commercial - Second]

"I believe the people have been misled"

The second reading should resume.

"Whenever the second reading resumes, I will support the government's decision."

 

56.    David LI Kwok-po, GBS, JP [Finance]

"I've sent out forms to ask my constituent members' views"

Not yet decided

It is right to defer the second reading, since this will give the public more time to discuss the bill.

 

57.    LI Fung-ying, JP [Labour]

"I have to consult with the labour sector"

Not yet decided

Agree with the government's decision to defer the second reading and to consult the public again

 

58.    LAU Ping-cheung [Architectural, Surveying and Planning]

"So many people took part íK I am consulting my electorate"

Not yet decided

 

 

59.    Henry WU King-cheong, BBS, JP [Financial Services]

"I'll get back to you later"

Can't be reached

 

 

60.    Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, SBS, JP [Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication]

"Marching and voting are two separate things"

Can't be reached

 

 

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