The three district councilors with the poorest attendance record all come from rural committees in the North District, Cable TV reported Monday.
Councilor Hau Chi-keung attended the fewest meetings among his peers across 18 districts, showing up at only 47 percent over the last three years.
He was followed by Chan Sung-fai (53 percent) and Li Kwok-fung (57 percent).
Hau and Chan reportedly missed three meetings in four consecutive months.
“They [the councilors] are all there to support whatever is on the agenda, so it’s pointless for me to go to more of these meetings,” Hau said.
“It is the government that offered me the post, they begged me, so I couldn’t refuse.”
Hau was not worried that he would be stripped off his position as a district councilor, saying “the government is smart enough to retain the capable people, otherwise the entire system would crumble”.
District council regulations say any councilors absent from meetings for four consecutive months without the consent of the council could lose their positions.
However, North District has reportedly revised its regulations, allowing councilors to take a leave of absence for any reason.
North District council chairman So Sai-chi admitted it would be unreasonable for councilors to say they cannot arrange their schedules to attend the meetings.
However, since they are all people of high status, So said, it would not be appropriate for him to point a finger at them.
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