File photo of the building of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. (Photo: VCG)
President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said Tuesday that the performance of the House Committee has been unsatisfactory as its chairman and deputy chairman have yet to be elected after 14 meetings over the past six months.
Leung said the logjam has obstructed the smooth operation of the committee as 89 subsidiary regulations yet to be reviewed have expired and another 14 bills and the appointment of the Chief Justice of Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal have been waiting to be dealt with.
As the session of this term of the LegCo is due to end in three months, bills that have not been reviewed will become invalid, Leung said, calling on lawmakers to resolve disputes in a united and practical manner and fulfill the responsibility.
Forty-one LegCo members have issued a joint statement recently condemning their colleague Dennis Kwok Wing-hang for abuse of power as he was presiding over the LegCo House Committee chairman election. His malicious filibuster has delayed the discussion of multiple bills related to people's livelihood and the fight against COVID-19 outbreak.