Legco rejects bid for no-confidence vote in president

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 8:09pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 8:21pm

Legislators on Friday voted down maverick democrat lawmaker Wong Yuk-man’s bid to debate a vote of no-confidence in Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

Wong’s proposal to start a discussion on raising a vote of no-confidence was defeated in the Legco house committee.

Thirty-four lawmakers, mostly from the pro-government camp, objected to Wong’s motion, while 23 supported it.

The former People Power member was unhappy about Tsang’s earlier decision to end a filibuster that Wong and three other pan-democrats had launched.

Wong told the committee that Tsang had abused his power in terminating the filibuster and violated lawmakers’ rights to speech.

“Mr Tsang was biased in favour of the government and repeatedly failed to allow Legco to carry out its constitutional duty,” he said.

The filibuster - in the form of 710 amendments that delayed the passing of the budget bill - was a bid to force the government to include a universal pension scheme and a HK$10,000 cash handout in the bill.

Tsang ended the filibuster on its 11th day, with most of the amendments not having been put to a vote. The government’s budget bill was passed after all 710 amendments were voted down.

Also, Wong and another pan-democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip, are facing a bid by a pro-government lawmaker to oust them from Legco because of the suspended jail sentences they recently received after being convicted of unlawful assembly.

DAB legislator Chiang Lai-wan told the house committee that she was planning to launch proceedings to this end next week.