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Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Legco committee chair calls in extra security ahead of controversial meeting on Hong Kong officials’ pay rise

Chan Kin-por says he is ready for disruption during debate

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 February, 2017, 12:10pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 February, 2017, 12:11pm

The chairman of the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee will beef up security and have an ambulance on standby in case of rows or even violence during a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss a pay rise for ministers and other politically appointed officials.

Chan Kin-por said he was prepared for disruption during the meeting on the controversial motion, and that he might have to move it to a different venue.

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As well as that motion, Chan said there were still more than 40 motions to be discussed, including funding for 9,000 projects costing a total exceeding HK$10 billion.

He said he hoped all the motions would pass during the two-day meeting, which starts on Friday afternoon and is expected to last at least 12 hours.

Chan said: “I have prepared that the meeting will be interrupted, and that we might need to change the meeting to a different room.

“During the meeting, the number of security guards will be increased, and the ambulance will be ready to go into service very quickly in case there is any physical conflict, which I really do not want to see.”

He said the city’s development would slow if the 9,000 projects did not pass soon, and urged legislators to “give way to discussion and make progress”.

Chan predicted suspensions and disputes in the meeting, just as during previous sessions.

“There have been lots of hold-ups and confrontations in the previous meetings, and we are going through the items too slowly if we continue at this pace,” he told an RTHK radio programme on Friday morning. “I feel very sad about it.”

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He said the Legco culture had changed a lot in this term, and that he had had to warn members about hurling insults five times already.

“I used to be able to communicate with lawmakers through one of representatives from the camp,” he said. “But now Legco is very fragmented and I have to approach more people or talk to some lawmaker individually.”