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John Tsang tells filibuster lawmakers to end 'farce'

Finance chief's blog says public is annoyed at tactic to hold up approval of budget

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 5:07am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 6:36pm

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has an angry message for the lawmakers whose filibuster is holding up the budget bill: "go away" and stop the "farce".

In a posting on his blog yesterday, titled "Go away!", the finance chief pointed the finger at those who initiated the filibuster.

"Allow me to tell them this again: the public has been very annoyed by this repeated farce, and they hope the lawmakers who started the filibuster will end this as soon as possible," he wrote. "If they continue to be impervious, and the audience gets annoyed, someone will have to tell them to just go away."

Lawmakers have spent 82 hours, according to Tsang, discussing the 1,192 amendments to the budget bill since April 30. People Power lawmakers Albert Chan Wai-yip and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, together with League of Social Democrats lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, are the key figures behind the filibuster.

They are demanding cash handouts for all Hongkongers and a universal pension scheme.

The finance chief wrote on his blog that there was not enough time for the budget to be passed within the deadline of this month.

"If it drags on, the government will unavoidably face a financial crisis - that it cannot maintain public services," he wrote.

The salaries of government employees and staff of subsidised organisations will be affected next month. And according to Tsang, the government may not be able to make social security payments in July.

In response, Chan, of People Power, challenged Tsang to a public debate and said he would immediately "go away" if he lost.

He criticised Tsang for hiding behind his computer and making the comments on his blog, rather than directly confronting the lawmakers.

Chan said that Tsang could apply for a provisional fund to keep the government bodies running, but that "irresponsible" Tsang had not done so.


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John Tsang is an idiot and it's about time he steps down. I challenge him to justify tax refunds. "Tax refunds are against the principal of taxation". If there is a surplus it's should be placed in the reserves and not refunded. It should build up the governments reserves from raining days. All income belong to the citizens of Hong Kong. It does not belong to the tax payers. Get this straight! If there are benefits every single person in Hong Kong should benefit. They want the filibusters to stop. But why should it stop? So that the garbage Budget can proceed? No way they should stop. No way the government should give handouts to tax payers. These are the people who does not need it. They are the one that has gained most over the last year that is why they are paying taxes as they should. Hong Kong tax payers already enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the world. NO TAX REFUNDS ARE WARRANTED! The only time tax refunds are allowed is when the government has provided for everything including handouts and still there is a huge surplus. This year's budget he even stooped so low as to deduct the $300 electricity subsidy for each household. But give handouts to tax payers. How is that justified? I repeat - 'TAX REFUNDS ARE AGAINST THE PRINCIPAL OF TAXATION'. If he doesn't understand this simple fact. STEP DOWN. you shameless idiot.
Funny how John Tsang is saying that there won't be enough money to pay for and maintain public services and then just last Friday night, they discreetly handed out pay rises like it was pre financial crisis and 97.
Last time I checked, companies stop paying staff when they run out of money, not give pay rises; and if they are that worried about the cleaners and the low level public servants that have it the toughest, I'm sure all the ministers can survive without pay from this month onwards and their aggregate can pay for low level workers until the stalemate is resolved.
On one hand Tsang keeps saying expenses are overblown, on the other, they are giving out pay rises to themselves.
"Allow me to tell them this again: the public has been very annoyed by this repeated farce...."
Is John talking about his record in forecasting deficits year after year? Or of governance in general in Hong Kong?



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