Date
18 August 2017
Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang (left) says political tensions could not just be blamed on a handful of filibustering lawmakers as claimed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: HKEJ
Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang (left) says political tensions could not just be blamed on a handful of filibustering lawmakers as claimed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: HKEJ

The problem isn’t just the filibusters, CY Leung told

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday filibustering at the Legislative Council is down to a handful of lawmakers, insisting there are no problems between the executive and legislative branches of the government, Apple Daily reported.

However, Legco president Jasper Tsang said the public would not perceive the present relations between the executive and legislative councils as normal, citing the recent walkout by pan-democrats during a question-and-answer session with the chief executive as an example.

Tsang said it would be underestimating the seriousness of the issues if people just blamed three or four filibustering lawmakers. He urged Leung to reflect deeply on the reasons behind the current political tensions.

Lawmaker Andrew Leung said the relationship between the two councils is antagonistic. He called on government officials to hold more dialogues with members of various parties.

Fellow legislator Ronny Tong said the chief executive has only met with the pan-democrats once since he took office two years ago, indicating that he believes he only needs the support of the pro-establishment camp.

Tong also said the past year was the slowest in 10 years for the government to submit policy proposals, with many bills only submitted after the Lunar New Year, leaving lawmakers with not enough time to review them, the report said.

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