|CS expresses regret over filibuster
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Wednesday that it was regrettable and disappointing that some radical lawmakers have "repeated their trick" to filibuster the budget debate.
The President of the Legislative Council, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, said on Tuesday that he was postponing a clause-by-clause debate on the budget which was scheduled to start on Wednesday.
He said the Council's Secretariat has yet to finish examining the nearly 2,000 proposed amendments filed by the lawmakers.
Lam said the lawmakers' action would have a serious impact on people's livelihood. She also said the government should not succumb to pressure of filibustering.
But People Power lawmaker, Albert Chan Wai-yip, said their filibuster could allow legislators to closely scrutinize the government's expenditure and let the public have a better understanding of public policies.
His party, which has put forward more than 250 amendments, also wants to force the government to hand out HK$10,000 to every citizen.
Chan said it was unnecessary for Tsang to postpone the debate. --RTHK