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Junius Ho pledges to stop filibusters

By Joseph Li
Junius Ho pledges to stop filibusters

Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, legislative election candidate in the New Territories West constituency, shakes hands with a supporter while campaigning in Kwai Fong on Monday. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, a candidate in the New Territories West geographical constituency of the Legislative Council election, vows to curb malicious filibusters in his election manifesto - which has the theme of “Make Things Right”.

If he is elected, he will seek to revise the LegCo Rules of Procedure with a view to ending the stalemate seen in the past four years.

As to what exactly will be amended, he plans to discuss this with other lawmakers.

“Filibustering is disgusting, particularly when the use of the quorum bell is excessive and vicious, wasting a great deal of LegCo’s meeting time,” he told China Daily.

“During the debates, there is no need for all the legislators to remain there. More importantly, the one who initiates ringing the quorum bell should stay in the chamber and not go away while the bell is rung. If they go away, it is a malicious act and against the original intent of having more legislators present.”

Ho cited the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2016 dragged down by medical constituency lawmaker Leung Ka-lau. He said if lawmakers wish to move amendments to a legislative proposal, they should raise them at the bills committee meetings, but not at the final stage of the legislative process.

He added: “While he (Leung) was absent from many meetings of the committee that discussed the bill, he attempted to move at the final stage 110,000 amendments, which were, in my opinion, subversive and malicious.”

The LegCo president did not allow any of the 110,000 amendments to be moved.

Ho, a former president of the Law Society of Hong Kong, ran in the 2012 LegCo election but lost. This time he feels more confident, hoping to win a seat with 42,000 votes to surpass the 10,805 votes that he secured four years ago.

He also is aiming for a back-to-back victory, having won a seat on the Tuen Mun District Council last November. He beat the Democratic Party’s Albert Ho Chun-yan, dashing his hopes of retaining his seat in the District Council (Second) constituency, known as the “super seat”.

To prepare for the current campaign, he thinks it is important to have an election platform responsive to residents’ needs. Also, it is important to reach out to the voters through his banners, leaflets, social media, as well as direct contacts with people in the street.

In his other election pledges, Ho proposes waste reduction at the source to minimize reliance on landfills.

Discussing the Mandatory Provident Fund, he suggests employees can use their accrued benefits for other purposes, such as paying mortgages and purchasing medical insurance.

Candidates for New Territories West constituency are: Tien Puk-sun, Ho Kwan-yiu, Mak Mei-kuen, Chan Han-pan, Leung Che-cheung, Wong Yun-tat, Wan Siu-kin, Ko Chi-fai, Chow Wing-kan, Cheng Chung-tai, Kwong Koon-wan, Kwok Ka-ki, Wong Ho-ming, Lee Cheuk-yan, Wong Chun-kit, Fung Kin-kee, Cheung Wai-ching, Lui Chi-hang, Tong Wing-chi and Chu Hoi-dick.

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