to pass first bill
THE Provisional Legislative Council will today pass its first bill _
the Holidays (1997 and 1998) Bill.
Mok Ying-fan of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood
(ADPL) said his amendment, which would have the bill include 1 May,
1998, as a statutory holiday, would probably be turned down, meaning
the bill would be passed in its original form.
Most members reckoned the amendment was not in line with the
Preparatory Committee's resolution, which did not include that date as
a statutory holiday.
The bill sets out the public and statutory holidays for this year and
Meanwhile, ADPL vice-chairman Bruce Liu Sing-lee will propose forming
a bills committee today to scrutinise the proposed National Flag and
National Emblem Bill and the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Bill.
Mr Liu said the party supported the bill but he may table amendments
to clarify some technicalities.
His colleague Law Cheung-kwok will raise a motion debate on the
disputed Diaoyu islands in today's House Committee meeting. A similar
discussion will be initiated by independent councillor Kennedy Wong
"We should on behalf of the whole council urge both China and Japan
to take solid measures to resolve the issues," Mr Law said.
The party's aggressiveness in forwarding member's motions and bill
amendments in the council was termed by other members as a "political
show" to get media coverage.
But chairman Frederick Fung Kin-kee took a stand against the
"We believe what we have put forward are essential issues, which need
to be discussed before 1 July," Mr Fung said.
Mr Fung is to raise a motion debate next Saturday on the transitional
Budget, urging the future government to increase Comprehensive Social
Security Assistance payments by at least $300.
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