Central and Western district councilor Ted Hui Chi-fung from the Democratic Party came under attack by council members from the pro-establishment camp after he brought his daughter to a council meeting.
Council chairman David Yip Wing-shing asked Hui, who was holding the four-year-old on his lap as he sat at the council table, to take his daughter to the public stands and let secretariat staff look after her, inmediahk.net reported Thursday.
But Hui asked the chairman to exercise his discretion to allow her presence, saying a member of his family would pick the girl up within 20 minutes.
District councilor Stephen Chan Chit-kwai said action had to be taken to avoid breaching the rules and procedures of district council meetings.
“If we turn a blind eye to this, then can I freely bring a ‘whatever’ to the meeting?” Chan asked.
Several district councilors, including Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong members Yeung Hoi-wing and Siu Ka-yi, burst into laughter at Chan’s remarks.
Hui told inmediahk.net his daughter would normally stay at school until 7 p.m. every day, but his wife happened to be unable to pick her up Wednesday, and the district council meeting overran.
He said he decided to bring his daughter to the meeting for a short period of time, believing she would behave well.
Hui said he was not worried about the attacks from fellow councilors.
He said their accusations were insensitive.
“I could not just leave my daughter on the street,” he said.
Hui told Apple Daily reporters his daughter stayed inside the meeting room for 20 minutes or less and ate a biscuit.
He said he could not understand why people have to be so mean.
Hui said his daughter has just turned four, and she would probably have cried and disturbed the meeting if he had passed her to secretariat staff.
“I thought all district council members are in support of family-friendly policies,” he said.
The meeting started at 2:30 p.m. with Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung explaining the government’s proposals for retirement funding.
The meeting overran and ended at 8 pm.
Several council members from the pro-establishment camp, such as Lee Chi-hang and Cheung Kwok-kwan, left before it ended.
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