Monday, April 20, 2015   

Probe into express rail link rejected
(06-12 16:30)

The Legislative Council has rejected a motion to invoke its special powers to investigate a two-year delay in the construction of the Hong Kong-Guangzhou express rail link.
The majority of pro-government lawmakers were against the idea, saying that launching another probe would only serve to delay the massive project even further.
Only 25 councilors voted in favor, with 33 opposed.
A previous attempt by Neo-Democrat Gary Fan to invoke the council's special powers also failed when the House Committee rejected it. But Mr Fan moved the motion once again in the full council, saying that an independent probe by lawmakers would be the most effective way of getting to the bottom of the express rail link delay.
However, pro-government lawmakers stood firm, saying that launching another probe would do more harm than good.
The Secretary for Transport, Anthony Cheung, welcomed the decision. He said invoking the Legislative Council's Powers and Privileges Ordinance would have only made it harder for the MTRC to get the project back on schedule.--RTHK   
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