City Digest, October 19, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 October, 2012, 3:34am


Lawmakers re-elected despite bad report card

A group that tracks lawmakers' Legco work, Catholic Monitors, found that some of the previous term's worst performers were last month re-elected in the functional constituencies. In its annual report on lawmakers' work in the 2011-12 Legco session. Functional constituency lawmakers Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, Samson Tam Wai-ho and David Li Kwok-po's performance were the most unsatisfactory as they did not move a motion or amendment during the year.

Setback for standard working hours

A motion urging the government to introduce a bill for standard working hours was voted down due to lack of support from functional lawmakers. Labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said it would "perhaps be unrealistic" to put forward such a bill in the next one to two years. Labour Party lawmaker Peter Cheung Kwok-che put the motion and the vote came after almost six hours of debate. In the Beijing loyalist camp, only six Federation of Trade Unions' lawmakers, along with the labour sector's Poon Siu-ping and the medical sector's Dr Leung Ka-lau, backed it. Nine Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislators abstained.

Mark Six

There were no winners of last night's draw. The numbers were 4, 6, 10, 14, 16 and 29, and the extra number 26. Seven tickets won the HK$358,200 second prize. Third prize paid HK$39,910.