By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
Three pro-democracy lawmakers handed in a petition to the Government yesterday, demanding a universal suffrage consultation, the replacement of key administration and justice officials as well as the Chief Executive to come to the legislature for a question and answer session.
In this year’s Policy Address, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said that the Government will start to collect public opinions on a democratic political regime reform.
However, Au Kam San, Ng Kuok Cheong and Chan Wai Chi said that Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan, when attending the legislature in August, failed to give any details or disclose any plans regarding the consultation work, which made the lawmakers doubt whether the Government is going to fulfill its commitment.
The three lawmakers pressed for universal suffrage of the chief executive election in 2014, and also a city-wide consultation as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Florinda Chan’s performance in the past 10 years is called into question in the petition. “Rejecting” to push forward a democratic political system and the recent allegations of power abuse in cemetery applications have led to “a collapse” in her credibility, the lawmakers said.
They urged the Chief Executive to replace the official and request the central government to appoint a new candidate.
Former chief executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah during his term of office usually went to the Legislative Assembly to answer lawmakers’ questions face-toface at least three times a year in April, August and November.
With August drawing to the end and the lawmakers already on the summer break, the pro-democracy lawmakers said there was still no schedule regarding Fernando Chui Sai On’s next visit to the legislature, which is contradictory to a “sunshine government”.
However, president of the Legislative Assembly Lau Cheok Va confirmed to reporters yesterday that the Chief Executive has already informed him that he will not be coming to the legislature until the presentation of the 2011 Policy Address.
Furthermore, the petition called for the Government to withdraw the draft law aiming to provide judicial aid to civil servants, or cancel Article 4 that allows public workers to sue a third person by using public funds.