Date
26 March 2017
Lau Wong-fat (L) and Christopher Chung are among those with poor attendance records at Legco panel meetings. Photo: HKEJ
Lau Wong-fat (L) and Christopher Chung are among those with poor attendance records at Legco panel meetings. Photo: HKEJ

Lawmakers face questions over absenteeism at Legco panel meets

Hong Kong’s lawmakers are again facing questions over low attendance at various Legislative Council (Legco) panel meetings.

Lau Wong-fat, for instance, was found to have attended only 64 percent of the meetings of Legco’s Panel on Development despite being vice chairperson of the panel, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

Records also show that Lau was present at only 18 percent of the meetings of the Panel on Constitutional Affairs, it said.

Questioned over his record, Lau was apologetic about his poor attendance but sought to blame it on health factors.

Christopher Chung Shu-kun from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) was another lawmaker that had skipped many key meetings. 

Chung had just 36 percent record for meetings of Legco’s Panel on Education, and 31 percent for meetings of the Panel on Health Services. His attendance record for meetings of the Panel on Hawker Policy was even lower, at 20 percent.

When questioned, Chung said that meetings schedules of various panels often clash. He also blamed the disobedience campaigns by pan-democrats for his poor attendance record.

Chung, who sits on seven Legislative Council panels, said he would often be busy with a meeting and forget to attend another event.

Among the pan-democrats, Civic Party’s Ronny Tong is said to have attended 38 percent of the meetings at the Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services, and only 17 percent of the meetings of the Panel on Retirement Protection. 

Meanwhile, Vincent Fang Kang showed up at only 31 percent of the meetings of the Panel on Health Services.

The lawmaker, responding via an assistant, said he was not able to juggle some meetings along with his other commitments.

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