Date
14 December 2017
Billy Fung (left) confronts HKU council chairman Edward Leong (second from left) during a surprise appearance at a media briefing. Vice chancellor Peter Mathieson (right) grimly looks on. Photo: HKEJ
Billy Fung (left) confronts HKU council chairman Edward Leong (second from left) during a surprise appearance at a media briefing. Vice chancellor Peter Mathieson (right) grimly looks on. Photo: HKEJ

HKU student representative banned from council meetings

A student representative to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) council has been barred from a meeting for breaking confidentiality regulations.

The council voted to stop HKU Student Union president Billy Fung from taking part in Tuesday’s deliberations, according to Apple Daily.

Fung cannot attend future meetings unless he explains why he leaked a Sept. 29 resolution in which the council rejected former law dean Johannes Chan for the role of pro vice chancellor.

The council also held Fung responsible for unauthorized leaks that led to a group of students disrupting its meeting on July 28, the report quoted chairman Edward Leong as saying.

Leong, who is scheduled to step down next Friday, said Fung could not promise to abide by the council’s disclosure rules, making it difficult for a free and open discussion.

The council has been asking Fung to explain his side since August, Leong said.  

Fung will be barred from meetings concerning sensitive issues unless he complies and the council is satisfied with his explanation, he said.

These issues might include ongoing efforts by the university to recover a HK$166.7 million (US$21.51 million) advance to Shenzhen Binhai Hospital.

HKU operates the hospital with the Shenzhen city government through a crisis-plagued joint venture.

Another outstanding issue for the council concerns anonymous donations involving Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai, an associate law professor in the university.

Fung surprised journalists when he appeared beside Leong while the latter was making the announcement.

Fung accused Leong of depriving him of his rights as a council member by not consulting him over the decision.

He said the council pronounced him guilty without trial.

Marcus Lau, editor-in-chief of the HKU student publication Undergrad, said the decision was “absurd” and could set a “dangerous” precedent.

Meanwhile, the council decided to hire an outside security company to prevent future leaks of sensitive information, according to reports.

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