Beijing failed for Carrie Lam and the NPC team leader


Michael Shum

The head of Hong Kong’s delegation to the National People’s Congress, Ma Fung-kwok, cannot attend the upcoming meeting in Beijing because he had been in contact with a Legislative Council employee who tested positive for the preliminary test.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will not attend the opening ceremony of the so-called two-session meetings as she will stay here to deal with the worsening outbreak, sources said.

She attended the ceremony last year in the middle of the fourth wave in March, but the daily caseload then was less than 200 a day while the current fifth wave has seen cases exceed 10,000 in the last two days.

Ma said yesterday that the contact took place on Tuesday and that he should extend his quarantine.

Dozens of members of the NPC and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference traveled to Shenzhen on Thursday for a week of isolation and daily virus testing before flying to Beijing for the so-called two-way meetings sessions.

That’s 13 people unable to attend meetings after CPPCC delegate Irons Sze Wing-wai tested positive on Friday and was transferred to Shenzhen No. 3 People’s Hospital.

Among Sze’s close contacts are NPC MK Nicholas Chan Hiu-fung and NPC member and lawmaker Lai Tung-kwok, as they shared the same bus to Shenzhen.

This year’s meetings will see the most no-shows from Hong Kong, as many NPC and CPPCC members already indicated weeks ago that they would not attend.

Of the 36 deputies of the APN, twenty left on Thursday.

Among the absentees, sources say, are NPC MK Witman Hung Wai-man, whose 53rd birthday party in January caused uproar in Hong Kong and Casper Tsui Ying-wai who resigned as leader internal affairs.

The news came as accounting industry lawmaker Edmund Wong Chun-sek is set to leave quarantine.

Wong said on Facebook that he tested negative in a rapid test on his 14th day of quarantine.

Wong was the first lawmaker to test positive, while two others, Alice Mak Mei-kuen of the Federation of Trade Unions and pro-establishment independent Yang Wing-kit, were also later infected.

The mainland recorded 127 new imported infections on Saturday, including more than 100 from Hong Kong that were reported in Guangdong, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Jiangsu and Shanghai.

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