Comments made by the chairman of Legco’s Finance Committee about the government's Lantau reclamation plan have sparked a backlash from pro-democracy lawmakers, with Civic Party legislator Kwok Ka-ki planning a no-confidence motion against him.
Chan Kin-por had spoken over the weekend in support of the proposal to reclaim massive plots of land in waters near Lantau. He said the funding request for a study on the controversial Lantau Tomorrow plan could be passed within 20 hours and called critics of the proposed project "sinners in history".
Kwok called Chan’s remarks “extremely inappropriate”, and accused him of breaching his impartiality for obviously siding with the government.
He said he plans to table a motion of no confidence against Chan at the next Finance Committee meeting.
“Chan Kin-por has no trust from the members of the public that he can duly conduct the duty of chairman. Any chairman, even though he may, have some stance on the funding request, he would not exercise his own judgement on altering the process of discussion. This is unacceptable”, Kwok said.
Meanwhile, the convenor of the pro-democracy camp, Claudia Mo, requested a discussion on the issue during Friday’s House Committee meeting.
But Chan remained adamant, insisting he stood by his remarks.
He also said that he will exercise his duties in strict accordance with Legco rules.
"I am a chairman, but I am also a member of the Legislative Council. I have my own comments," he said.
"As long as we have very proper procedures that can make sure that the chairman cannot violate the rules of procedures, I think Hong Kong people should be very relaxed", Chan said.