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Amending the Rules of Procedure
to Curtail LegCo Members’ Monitoring Power
At this festive reason, let me wish you a Merry Christmas, peace, joy and good health.
In the past few weeks, pro-establishment members proposed a large number of amendments – the largest ever in recent years – to the Rules of Procedure, a démarche launched during the ‘unfilled period’ following the disqualification of several democratic LegCo members, with the intent of passing the amendments before completion of the by-elections so as to curtail the monitoring power of the minority.
To be fair, filibustering over the past few years in LegCo has indeed made some of our citizens feel sick and tired of it and find this tool abused. In the past, I rarely took part in so-called filibustering activities. All along, I have been affirming what is right, criticizing what is wrong, saying what needs to be said and refraining from unnecessary wrangling.
However, the current amendments to the Rules of Procedure proposed by the pro-establishment camp are obviously a démarche calculated to take advantage of the democratic camp’s misfortunes and a case of the majority abusing its supremacy against the minority. This seriously damages the long-time tradition of respecting the minority and indeed goes beyond my bottom line. Pro-establishment President Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen has also failed to act impartially. On the one hand, he strictly compresses to a mere 15 minutes the time within which a member is allowed to speak on the proposed amendments, which run to as many as 49 items and, on the other hand, infinitely prolongs the meeting, the intent being to force the passage of the amendments before Christmas.
The real purpose is to curtail members’ monitoring power
Whilst the amendments to the Rules of Procedure proposed by the pro-establishment camp are ostensibly for the purpose of preventing filibustering, they are actually meant to curtail members’ monitoring power. Among the proposed amendments, the most obvious one is raising the threshold for the presentation of a petition – leading to the establishment of a select committee – from 20 members ‘rising’ in their place to 35 members. Select committees so established in the past include the one investigating the suspicion over the then Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Timothy TONG Hin-ming having accepted gift items, and the one investigating the UGL case involving the then Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying. Once the threshold for the presentation of a petition is raised, it will certainly make it impossible for the democratic camp to establish select committees to investigate matters of injustice. Obviously, the proposed amendments have nothing to do with ‘anti-filibustering’. Basically, this is a case of the majority abusing its supremacy and violently destroying the platform for fair and equitable debates that has existed all along!
All the amendments proposed by the pro-establishment camp were passed on last friday, to which we can only give a resigned sigh. Nevertheless, we will continue to do our best to safeguard parliamentary justice. Any views that you may have could be emailed to me at [email protected] At a time when autumn meets winter and when it is getting cooler, please keep warm and I wish you good health!Expressing objection to amending the Rules of Procedure: video at Legislative Council meeting (7 December 2017)
Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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