Friday, August 22, 2014   

CY criticizes radical legislators for 'filibuster habit'
(05-22 11:10)

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has again criticized radical lawmakers for filibustering the budget bill.
At a Legislative Council question-and-answer session, Leung said filibustering was now a habit that had spread to other Legco committees, making it very difficult for the council to scrutinize important bills.
He also called on legislators not to block the setting up of an Innovation and Technology Bureau.
The Chief Executive also said there was no need to set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into the delay to the construction of the high speed rail link to Guangzhou.
He was responding to a question by the Democratic Party's Wu Chi-wai, who questioned how effective a newly-appointed independent expert panel will be at examining the issue, being as it doesn't have the power to summon witnesses.
Leung said the government and the MTR Corporation would co-operate fully with the panel, so there was no need for such statutory powers.
Independent lawmaker Wong Yuk-man was thrown out of the Legco chamber after he shouted slogans calling on the Chief Executive to step down. --RTHK   
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