My wife brings home more, says Fung

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 1994, 12:00am

LEGISLATOR the Reverend Fung Chi-wood says his wife has replaced him as the family's main breadwinner.

Mr Fung, a directly elected and full-time legislator, said his social worker wife earned more than him because his pay was restricted by monthly remuneration limits.

He said he was disappointed with the proposed adjustments unveiled yesterday.

'They cannot help to improve our present conditions and upgrade our living standards,' he said.

'The staff employed by us will continue to be underpaid and I have to go on contributing much of my own monthly remuneration, $43,250, to cover the deficit balance in running two of my district offices.' Mr Fung said the revised package was still too little to support the offices' full-time operation.

'We have to do a lot of outdoor work, such as visiting neighbours,' he said.

'From the $60,000 allowance, I have to contribute $20,000 to the United Democrats' central office to support the staff there.

'I also have to pay $30,000 for three assistants in my offices. The $10,000 left has to take care of all other related expenses.' He said the remuneration commission had not taken into account the financial burden of elected legislators.