No-show councillors must say sorry

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 February, 2002, 12:00am

I believe those legislators who missed the Public Works Subcommittee meeting on February 6 and therefore could not vote on funding for Route 10, owe the public an apology.

If the 11 legislators who vowed to block the initial funding had cast their votes the motion for the funding would have been rejected. More importantly, the public would have saved $133.7 million and our budget deficit would have been reduced by the same amount, if not more.

These absent legislative councillors are elected by Hong Kong citizens to represent the public interest. They receive salaries from the public purse. Isn't there a conflict of interest when they choose to attend their private business meetings, or say happy New Year to residents, instead of representing the people who voted for them?

How can they accuse the KCR Corporation of wasting so much money on West Rail, when they have wasted $134 million of taxpayers' money?

One final point, shouldn't there be a quorum for attendance in order to validate a vote? On February 6, only 11 members out of 25 turned up - less than 45 per cent.

This surely illustrates the need for a thorough review of voting procedures in these subcommittees.