Chamber seat plan 'too late'
By LINDA CHOY
LEGISLATOR Jimmy McGregor, who was ousted from the general committee of the General Chamber of Commerce last year, will be given an ex-officio seat on the committee if a resolution is endorsed at an extraordinary meeting tomorrow.
The term will be for about three months until the end of the Legislative Council session in July.
But Mr McGregor has described the arrangement, which comes shortly after his decision to bow out of politics, as 'ridiculous'.
A similar proposal had been shelved for years when he was the incumbent legislator, he said.
He said there was no need to attend general committee meetings in the remaining days of his term.
The meeting to amend the chamber's articles of association will be held after the annual general meeting tomorrow afternoon.
Members will be asked to endorse the resolution to grant chamber representatives in Legco an ex-officio seat.
Assistant director of the chamber Cheung Yiu-sing said the proposal was made to ensure good communication between the Legco representative and the general committee.
'Since the legislator is representing the chamber, it is important to maintain a close link between the board of directors and him,' Mr Cheung said.
Mr McGregor was removed from the committee last April following a concerted move by the conservative and pro-China factions of the influential business body.
Mr McGregor said the proposal had first been raised by him in 1988, when he was elected to Legco.
He called the whole thing an 'adult comedy', although he said the idea of creating an ex-officio seat was long overdue.
'How ridiculous. At any time they could have invited me. Any time from 1988 I should have been invited to join as an ex-officio member,' he said.