Public works worth $12.4b funding given go ahead

Public works worth $12.4b funding given go ahead

A HK$12.4 billion funding request for a bloc of 9,600 public works has been approved by the Legislative Council’s public works subcommittee after pro- democracy lawmakers delayed the voting at four previous meetings.

Pan-democrats had been asking the government to remove 26 controversial public works, including the Wang Chau development plan, a musical fountain project in Kwun Tong and Ma Liu Shui reclamation project, for separate discussions in previous meetings but to no avail.

Subcommittee chairman Lo Wai- kwok urged the lawmakers to pass the funding as soon as possible as it had been discussed for more than 13 hours.

Before voting, several pan- democrats including Eddie Chu Hoi- dick, Lau Siu-lai and Roy Kwong Chun-yu continued to propose motions to discuss the controversial projects separately, which were denied.

After half an hour, Lo paused the meeting to hand over 100 motions received in the morning and announced he would not accept any more new motions. Chu continued to propose more than 30 motions.

Chu was dissatisfied when Lo asked him to select 10 of the motions, and walked to the front with Law and Claudia Mo Man-ching to protest at Lo’s restriction on their motions. Chu doubted whether Lo’s request was in accordance with the rules of procedure.

Lo said the meeting would continue if Chu selected 10 motions and asked them to return to their seats or leave the meeting room, which they refused.

In the chaos, Lo announced that the voting would start if no lawmaker would like to propose other motions.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho banged the table and raised questions on rules of procedure. Lo ignored him and announced the start of voting.

The subcommittee approved the funding by 18 votes to one. The application will now be submitted to the Finance Committee.

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