Legco powerplay a shame

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am


People Power legislators Albert Chan and Raymond Wong have raised more than 1,300 amendments to a bill since early May. Their filibustering move has triggered outrage.

It is likely that the filibuster will go on until the government withdraws the by-election bill. Yet such political moves have many drawbacks. The longer filibustering goes on, the more it will cost the taxpayers.

People Power representatives' tactics have caused 14 Legco meetings to be postponed. As a result, many bills that would directly affect people's lives cannot be passed on time.

This September, the election of legislators will take place. Since Democratic Party and Civic Party members did not try to stop the delay of the by-election bill, voters may lose faith in these parties.

What legislators need to show is a spirit of public service. Our city has many urgent issues to tackle.

From the Editor

Kelly Yu Sze-wing, Leung Shek Chee College

Thank you for your letter, Kelly. Filibustering is a tried-and-true method of stopping a bill's passing. It is a deliberate way of obstructing the business of government until the bill is withdrawn. It is a useful way for minority voices to be heard. The whole point is that government is slowed down and forced to choose between its desire for the bill to pass, and the desire to get on with its business.

Often protests seem outrageous to the public because they don't understand what is at stake. They see it as a nuisance but forget that these are people who are trying to make life better here. The public will have to decide who is right, but as they have no way to vote, they are at the mercy of the players.

Susan, Editor