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DAB lawmaker turns the tables on Raymond Chan

2016-04-28 HKT 11:56
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  • DAB lawmaker turns the tables on Raymond Chan
  • Chan Kam-lam says he was just trying to convey a message to pan-democratic lawmakers. Photo: RTHK
    Chan Kam-lam says he was just trying to convey a message to pan-democratic lawmakers. Photo: RTHK
Pro-government lawmaker, Chan Kam-lam, acted out of the ordinary in the Legislative Council on Thursday when he made a quorum call while pan-democratic legislator, Raymond Chan, was speaking during the ongoing debate on the budget bill.

Quorum calls in the legislature are usually made by pan-democratic lawmakers as a way to filibuster government bills. But it is rare for pro-establishment lawmakers to do so. Chan Kam-lam is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, while Raymond Chan is from People Power.

After the quorum call was made by Chan Kam-lam, sufficient number of legislators turned up in the council chamber and the debate continued.

On Wednesday, Raymond Chan himself made a number of quorum calls when Chan Kam-lam was making his speech on the budget bill.

Chan Kam-lam said afterwards that he wanted to point out to pan-democratic lawmakers that making quorum calls was a waste of time. But he stressed he was not seeking revenge.

Raymond Chan is among a number of pan-democratic lawmakers who have been filibustering the budget debate to protest against the decision by the council's President, Tsang Yok-sing, to reject hundreds of amendments they had filed against the budget.