Legco committee starts Lau talks

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 October, 2010, 12:00am

Talks on whether to pursue an investigation of lawmaker and executive councillor Lau Wong-fat have been started by the Legislative Council committee that studies lawmakers' interests.

Lau, chairman of the rural affairs body the Heung Yee Kuk and its representative on the legislature, has been in the centre of a controversy since his failure to declare property transactions and land ownership to Legco and the Executive Council was revealed by the media last month.

The seven-member Committee on Members' Interests yesterday met for the first time in the current legislative year.

Members decided that meetings to discuss public complaints about Lau's case would be chaired by independent Paul Chan Mo-po, after committee chairwoman Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun asked to step aside because both she and Lau were colleagues in the political group Economic Synergy.

'We are still at the preliminary stage of considering the complaints and have yet to decide whether an investigation would be conducted. We will report the result to the public one way or the other,' Chan said after the closed-door meeting.