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.