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CY Leung to ask Legco for HK$100m quake donation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 2:37pm
UPDATED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 6:11pm

The Hong Kong government would seek a HK$100 million fund from the Legislative Council to support relief work in the quake-hit Sichuan province, it announced on Monday.

The fund would be injected into the Disaster Relief Fund to support the Sichuan government’s relief work.

The move was announced by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in view of the significant casualties caused, the government said in a statement.

It said Legco finance committee chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan had agreed to call a special meeting as early as possible to discuss the government’s funding request.

A 7.0-magnitude quake hit the mountainous Yaan area – 140 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Chengdu — on Saturday.

By Monday, the death toll from the quake had risen to 188, with more than 11,000 people were injured, as relief teams battled to gain access to the isolated areas of devastation through roads partly blocked mudslides.

A Hong Kong rescue squad has been put on standby to help in search and rescue operations in Sichuan. It is formed by personnel from the Hospital Authority, Fire Services Department, Government Flying Service and Civil Aid Service.

Leung on Sunday pledged that Hong Kong would offer maximum support. “As part of the country, Hong Kong will not shirk the responsibility to contribute to the rescue and relief work,” he said.

 

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daily
It seems a bit ridiculous for CY to reach into HK government's pockets for such a huge sum just to get more political points for himself........The mainland has more than adequate financial resources to deal with this disaster and while many HK'rs feel the same sympathy towards the earthquake victims, it's annoying when politicians use the general public's money for personal political points......
lucifer
here we go again...time to prove HK is patriotic. I suppose the money will go to build schoosl that will later be torn down and sold to developers (again). This is idiodic and this si the Mainland way of showing patriotism. Company employees are compelled to put money in the box for who knows what...worse yet, there is no accountability.
impala
I feel sorry for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake and it is a tragedy. And Hong Kong should try to help out with equipment and staff if that is any use.

But this is ridiculous. Anybody is free to donate money to the disaster relief fund. That is an individual act of charity. To decree that every citizen has to pay HKD 15 through a tax money remittance to the fund is not the task of the government in any way. There are plenty of things I would like to see the government spend money, but mandatory charity is not one of them.

It is hard believe that Mr Leung is spending his time, effort and political capital on this. It has nearly been a year he has been in office, and my disappointment about his lack of action on many key issues is growing by the day.
the sun also rises
how can this hidden Chinese communist, C.Y.Leung propose to donate as much as HK$100 million to the victims of Sichuan province without first gaining the consent of our lawmakers who have the duties to safeguard public fund for us ? As Hongkong Chinese, I agree that we have to lend our hands to help in this natural disaster but not forced to pay HK$ 15 dollars each without first getting our consents ! Carrie Lam Cheng claimed that last time during the Qinhai earthquake we also donated as much as HK100 millions so this time we have to do so again ! How ridiculous her words are ! Tax-payers' money cannot be such wasted ! Right ?
boondeiyan
Preposterous. That such an idea is even floated while HK people are still living in cage homes is unconscionable. Will CY's legacy be 'Wag the Dog', using diversions to keep (his bosses') attention from being focused on the government's inadequacies?
 
 
 
 
 

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