On Friday, New People’s Party lawmaker Eunice Yung Hoi-yan disavowed her father-in-law in a newspaper ad about issues with national security law.
This came after the Security Bureau criticized several foreign activists on Wednesday for launching a committee to establish a “Hong Kong Parliament” in exile, with one of the activists being Yung’s father-in-law – Elmer Yuen Gong-yi.
Businessman and commentator Yuen is the father of ex-People Power President Erica Yuen Mi-ming and scholar Derek Yuen Mi-Chang, who is married to the lawmaker.
Authorities previously said they had harshly sentenced Elmer Yuen, Victor Ho Leung-mau, Baggio Leung Chung-hang and others for forming a so-called “Hong Kong Parliament” overseas on suspicion of violating the national security law.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Yung said she put “country justice” ahead of family, as the decision was also made to adhere to the city’s “one country, two systems” principle.
She said the release of the statement was urgent and she felt compelled to clarify her position. The lawmaker also noted that her husband was well aware and understood her decision.
As for her two daughters, Yung said they were “too young to understand.”
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