LegCo do democracy? That’s unpossible.
Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung has been defeated in his attempt to gain Legislative Council (LegCo) approval for a HK$100 million donation to Yaan earthquake relief efforts.
A meeting of the finance committee on Wednesday morning ended without a vote after a two-hour debate. The SCMP reports:
The two hours set aside for the meeting did not present enough time for all lawmakers who wanted to speak on the issue to do so. Only once this has been done, can all lawmakers present at the meeting vote on whether or not to approve the chief executive’s request for funds.
Lam said the government would discuss with committee chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan on when or whether another meeting could be held.
Pro-democracy lawmakers have said they would oppose any donation of public funds directly to mainland authorities, citing corruption concerns. Public opinion in the special administrative region is firmly against making the donation.
“If we continue to donate money [to the government], corruption might become more rampant,” New Territories West lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung said.
Because it wouldn’t be a conversation about politics in Hong Kong without someone playing the ‘traitor card’, Wong Kwok-hing, who represents the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, said lawmakers who opposed the donation were “sowing dissension” and “damaging people’s love of nation”.