DAB's Horace Cheung hopes for rational rail debate - RTHK
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DAB's Horace Cheung hopes for rational rail debate

2017-10-04 HKT 12:25
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  • Horace Cheung says he hopes opposition lawmakers will take part in a rational discussion in Legco. Photo: RTHK
    Horace Cheung says he hopes opposition lawmakers will take part in a rational discussion in Legco. Photo: RTHK
Horace Cheung speaks to RTHK's Janice Wong
The vice-chairman of the DAB, Horace Cheung, said on Wednesday he hopes opposition lawmakers won't go too far in obstructing discussions over the government's plan for a joint immigration checkpoint at the Express Rail Link's West Kowloon terminus.

The Legislative Council will debate a non-binding motion from the government in about three weeks' time on the plan, which would see mainland officials operate under mainland law within the terminus.

Critics say the plan violates the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle by allowing mainland officers to be stationed in Hong Kong. And the government has also been accused of seeking to legitimise its proposal by passing the motion in Legco, where pro-government legislators hold the majority.

Cheung, who is also a member of the Executive Council, said he and his pro-establishment camp colleagues will try to make their argument for the joint checkpoint arrangement as clear as possible.

"It's a good time for the government to draw a conclusion about the public opinion over such an important public policy," he told RTHK's Janice Wong. "The Legislative Council is a very good platform to draw such a conclusion about the public opinion about this important issue."

Cheung added that it was "very important" to pass this motion so the government could ask for a decision on the issue from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress before its meeting in December.