Saturday, September 20, 2014   

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   
Other Hong Kong breaking news:
Vigilance urged as Ebola spreads (09-19 18:20)
Pan-Dems should seek 'opportunities' (09-19 18:09)
Buyers scramble for iphone 6 (09-19 17:03)
Two arrested for selling fake goods (09-19 14:40)
'Rational' discussion needed for reform (09-19 14:32)
Lifeguards may escalate industrial action (09-19 14:31)
Pro-Occupy group in international appeal (09-18 16:19)
Groups mark Mukden Incident anniversary (09-18 14:13)
Protest application 'rejected' (09-18 14:12)
Govt to beef up cooking oil regulations (09-18 12:16)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.