After Beijing authorities forced the Hong Kong District National Security Law in Hong Kong and required lawmakers to take an oath of allegiance, it was recently disclosed by the media that the authorities will recover the salaries and allowances of disqualified lawmakers, while those who resign will not be recovered, a move that triggered the resignation of a large number of pro-democracy district councilors.
According to Hong Kong Standpoint News, after the democratic camp won 389 seats by a large margin in the November 24, 2019 District Council election, at least half of the 209 seats will now be left vacant due to the resignation, remand, sentencing to imprisonment for more than three months, leaving Hong Kong or refusing to take the oath of allegiance of the members.
Among them, Tuen Mun District Councilor Lee Ka Wai disclosed through social media Facebook on Saturday that he had left Hong Kong for security reasons and was overseas. He said that many of his friends were arrested and followed because of the National Security Law, and he was named by the official media more and more frequently, and he “used to actively participate in street protests, but finally decided to leave Hong Kong due to security concerns.
Lee also mentioned that he did not choose to resign from his position as a district councilor because he wanted to continue to make good use of his position as a councilor to help more people. He said, “There is no time to return home, may we hold our heads high and meet again in Hong Kong in the near future.”