One lawmaker, 14,000 motions and a new headache for the finance committee

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 4:03am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 6:23pm

A radical lawmaker has tabled more than 14,000 motions in what he describes as a challenge to the chairman of the conflict-rocked Legislative Council Finance Committee.

The move by Wong Yuk-man comes amid a row between members and committee chairman Ng Leung-sing over the way he pushed through a vote on preliminary financing for a controversial New Territories new-town development last week.

Wong said the motions were aimed at funding requests to be discussed by the committee at a six-hour, three-session meeting today. The motions' fate depends on whether Ng will allow them to be discussed.

The legislature secretariat was considering how to deal with the motions. "We have no idea how many items the motions cover," a spokeswoman said.

A personal aide for Wong said the 14,000 motions were aimed only at the first of the 35 items on the list and that the lawmaker could move further motions for each of the remaining items.

The dispute with Ng has added to the uncertainty over whether the troubled committee will be able to handle all outstanding requests before the legislative session ends this month.

An Environment Bureau source said that while the extension of three landfills and construction of an incinerator - said to be essential to stave off a waste crisis - were on today's agenda, there seemed little chance these would be discussed.

"There is little we can do now as everything will depend on whether the committee can resume its normal function."