Civic Party chairman Alan Leong has warned that a reported proposal on express rail immigration arrangements will remove the protection for Hong Kong people that is guaranteed under the Basic Law.
Leong said the proposal to earmark several floors inside the West Kowloon Terminus for mainland immigration control is very perplexing.
He said it would destroy the protection offered to Hong Kong residents under Article 18 of the Basic Law because it would allow mainland officials to enforce national laws there.
Article 18 states that national laws shall not be applied in Hong Kong, except in certain circumstances involving national issues.
If someone is slapped by a mainland official at the West Kowloon Terminus, who should the victim be complaining to, Hong Kong police or the Shenzhen authorities?, Leong asked.
He said rather than the pan-democrats, it is the people of Hong Kong who should be objecting to the arrangements.
“Whether the pan-dems have the political power to stop is the not question. It is whether you, the Hong Kong people, would want to see foregone this protection which we strived to have written into the Basic Law,” he said.
A bill on the arrangements is expected to be tabled to Legco in October.
Leong said he was waiting to see what is in the bill and what the Chief Executive Carrie Lam has to say on the matter. But he told RTHK's Janice Wong that the arrangements reported so far are “unacceptable”.