David Li, Andrew Wong and Philip Wong prefer to keep their hands down If silence is a virtue, then legislators David Li Kwok-po, Andrew Wong Wang-fat and Philip Wong Yu-hong should be lauded for their contributions to the Legislative Council this year. According Legco records, Mr Li, the chairman of the Bank of East Asia, only asked one question during the entire council session even though he attended 81 per cent of the meetings. From last September to the end of July this year, Mr Li did not propose a single written or oral question and failed to pass any motions. His contribution amounted to one supplementary question. During the 2002-2003 Legco session, a total of 1,621 questions were asked and 55 motions moved. Mr Li was a member of seven other committees, subcommittees and panels where his average attendance was only 34.86 per cent. Outside the council meetings, however, Mr Li is quite vocal and friendly to the press. He openly criticised the attitude of former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and told reporters many of his friends participated in the July 1 march. Immediately behind Mr Li in the silence stakes was Andrew Wong. Although the chairman of the Insurance Agent Registration Board also failed to ask any written and oral question and moved no motion, he lost by a nose when it came to supplementary questions. The records show the legislator asked five supplementary questions during the past Legco session - where he had an attendance rate of 94 per cent. Mr Wong also boasted an average attendance rate of 61.8 per cent at the 31 committees, subcommittees and panels to which he belonged. In third place was pro-government legislator Philip Wong, whose actions apparently spoke louder than words. The chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce recently made headlines when he raised his middle finger to 50,000 peaceful demonstrators outside Legco on July 9. During the entire Legco session, the lawmaker failed to raise a single written or oral question. However, he proposed a motion - which was not passed - and raised three supplementary questions. But not every legislator believes less is more in the virtue of silence. Based on Legco records, the awards for the most voluble legislators last session went to the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong's Lau Kong-wah, ex-journalist Emily Lau Wai-hing and Raymond Ho Chung-tai - who each asked 39 oral and written queries.