NPC urged to affirm rules

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 January, 1997, 12:00am

The National People's Congress Standing Committee should be asked to affirm rules of procedure for the provisional legislature, member Ho Sai-chu said.

Mr Ho said members should formulate the rules of the interim legislature and table them to the Preparatory Committee, which could make them the equivalent of standing orders.

His proposal was in response to the scenario of laws passed by the provisional legislature taking effect only on July 1, meaning the procedures also would not have legal status.

Candidate for the provisional legislature presidency, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, said the Preparatory Committee already had the power to authorise the interim body to decide its procedures.

Mrs Fan said it was not necessary to gazette the rules.

The pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong last night decided its 10 provisional legislature members were free to vote in the election of the interim body's president tomorrow.

They also decided to support an amendment backing Legco President Andrew Wong Wang-fat, who is bidding to be president of the provisional legislature.

Legislator Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien has put forward a motion denouncing Mr Wong for a conflict of interest.

Independent David Chu Yu-lin has countered the move with an amendment stating Mr Wong would safeguard the impartiality of the presidency and his provisional legislature involvement would help lawmaking continuity.

The United Front Against the Provisional Legislature will stage an overnight sit-in outside Xinhua (the New China News Agency) protesting against the establishment of the legislature and its first meeting in Shenzhen tomorrow.

Legislators Tsang Kin-shing and Andrew Cheng Kar-foo are expected to take part.