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'Legco should verify lawmakers' degree claims'

2017-09-26 HKT 11:42
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  • Emily Lau says lawmakers should be able to provide supporting evidence when they claim they have degrees and doctorates. File photo: RTHK
    Emily Lau says lawmakers should be able to provide supporting evidence when they claim they have degrees and doctorates. File photo: RTHK
Emily Lau talks to RTHK's Ian Pooler
A former leader of the Democratic Party, Emily Lau, is calling on Legislative Council authorities to put a system in place to check what lawmakers make say about their qualifications on the Legco website is authentic.

The former lawmaker told RTHK on Tuesday that at present whatever Legco puts up on the website comes with a tag "as supplied by the lawmaker" and this is not ideal.

It is a matter of honesty and integrity. I think this is very important," Lau said.

"As legislators, people have a very high expectation of their integrity and honesty. When they make declarations in the Legco forms ... they should come clean" she said.

When they put down a degree or doctorate as a qualification, they should also put down where they got it from and which year they got it, Lau said.

She said, as an example, Elizabeth Quat of the DAB calls herself a doctor. But on the Legco website, the page which has the column about her educational qualification is now blank, Lau said.

Lau told RTHK's Ian Pooler that Legco should have a system to verify claims of degrees and doctorates. They should not leave it to the public to file judicial reviews to get to the bottom of this, she said.