Lawmaker Holden Chow is stepping down as vice chairman of a Legco committee investigating payments to Chief Executive CY Leung by Australian firm UGL, public broadcaster RTHK reports.
The pro-government lawmaker has come under fire for holding secret talks with Leung and allowing him to make changes to the scope of the investigation into the HK$50 million payout.
But Chow did not admit any wrongdoing, saying he made the decision after considering the future work of the committee. He said he hopes his move will end the controversy.
Paul Tse, chairman of the committee, declined to comment on Chow’s decision, only saying that he hopes their work could now be back on track.
Pan-democratic lawmakers, however, said they may try to impeach Chow even with his resignation from the investigation panel, saying his liaison with Leung interfered with the work of the Legislative Council, according to RTHK.
Civic party leader Alvin Yeung said Chow should have stepped down as deputy chairman of the Select Committee days ago when the story first broke.
And his decision now, Yeung said, doesn’t change the fact that he had undermined Legco by having private communication with the Chief Executive.
Pan-democratic councilors earlier said they may discuss motions to impeach and condemn Chow at the House Committee meeting on Friday afternoon.
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