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Interim council to pass first bill

Cecilia So

Saturday, May 10, 1997

Interim council

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.

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The bill sets out the public and statutory holidays for this year and

next.

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

Ying-ho.

"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

criticism.

"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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