The convenor of the pan-democrats, Claudia Mo, put on a brave face on Monday, saying opposition lawmakers are not going to give up their fight and will continue to fight against rule changes in the Legislative Council that could blunt their tactics.
The camp’s loss in the Legco by-election for Kowloon West dashes their hopes of regaining veto power in the legislature, and means the pan-democrats will be outnumbered 18 to 16 in the legislature’s geographical constituencies.
As a minority in both the geographic and functional constituencies, the camp no longer has enough votes to stop pro-establishment lawmakers from passing changes to the legislature’s rules.
Mo said the by-election result was traumatic for her side. "But we will fight on," she said.
Mo admitted though that tough times await the pan-democrats.
"We were always a minority at the legislature. We hope public opinion is going to help us in this particular fight in the proposed changes of the rules and procedures at the legislature," she said.
Earlier Starry Lee, the chairwoman of the biggest pro-government party, the DAB, said the pro-government camp has yet to decide whether to push for changes to Legco’s rules and procedures following Yan Chan's victory in the by-election.
Lee said she heard comments from the public during the election urging them to change the rules, such as penalising lawmakers who don’t regularly attend meetings.