EOC chief survives confidence motion over auditor's report

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 12:00am

Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Raymond Tang Yee-bong survived a confidence motion initiated by board members yesterday, on the eve of his third appearance at a Legco hearing on alleged poor administration at the statutory body.

Mr Tang also refused a board member's demand that he resign and take responsibility for criticisms of the anti-discrimination watchdog made in an Audit Commission report.

At yesterday's EOC board meeting, Lo Wing-lok moved a motion of confidence against Mr Tang, with support from Mandy Tam Heung-man and Edwin Cheng Kwok-kit. It was defeated by seven votes to three.

Ms Tam said she was disappointed other members had voted against the motion on the grounds that the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee was still deliberating on the auditor's report. 'Although other members agreed that our chairman had done wrong, they considered it inappropriate to endorse the motion at this stage,' she said.

A commission spokeswoman said it was deeply concerned about the audit report's findings.

She said the commission was to form working groups to follow up the auditor's recommendations, adding that it was also asking the government to speed up consultations on how to separate executive powers from the chairmanship.

Mr Tang is to appear again at a Legco hearing today on the report, which cited criticisms about spending irregularities.