Legco's Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por said on Monday that he's standing by his claim that lawmakers won't need too long to discuss funding for a feasibility study into the government's massive reclamation plan off Lantau.
Pan-dems have criticised Chan for saying the funding will probably be approved in under 20 hours, accusing him of trying to turn Legco into a rubber stamp.
But Chan told RTHK's Janice Wong that he won't try to rush the funding request through, there just won't be any need for prolonged discussions.
"No matter how complicated the proposal is, we still can resolve it in ... I'm not saying we're going to pass it... I'm trying to say we need to resolve the issue. We cannot debate forever," he said.
Chan admitted that his original comments may have given the public a bad impression. But he said people should not be worried as he has to comply with a set of rules as the chairman of the Finance Committee.
"Obviously, the sentiment in Hong Kong is still that if you become the chairman, don't speak so often to avoid people having a wrong impression that you're taking sides. I need to be very careful next time," he said.