Call for PAA to act more openly

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 June, 1993, 12:00am

LEGISLATOR Samuel Wong Ping-wai is to pressure the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) to become more open about its affairs following concern over mismanagement.

Instead of a fully-appointed board of directors for the future Airport Authority, Mr Wong suggested some seats should be designated to legislators and municipal councillors to enhance the authority's accountability.

He also raised the concern that the senior posts in the PAA were held mainly by expatriates.

Mr Wong, the late Stephen Cheong Kam-chuen's replacement in the Legislative Council's ad hoc group on airport finance, said he would pressure the PAA to reveal more on its internal management.

Noting that many questions directed to the PAA had been left unanswered, Mr Wong said legislators would draft and file a list of questions to the PAA.

''I would force the PAA officials to seriously respond to our inquiries by holding regular meetings. We can't drill them only when they seek money from the Legislative Council,'' he said.

Mr Wong said he would like to know whether the PAA had pledged to cultivate local people to take up senior positions.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have urged the Hongkong Government to send a copy of the upcoming Airport Authority Bill as soon as possible, according to Mr Hung Wing-tat of the Conservation Association.

A government source said the draft bill should be ready by early next month.

The draft bill would go to the Executive Council for endorsement and then to the Chinese side for consultation, he said.

He attributed the slow progress to technical reasons rather than the Sino-British row over the airport issue.