Written by: Luo Jiaqing
2020-02-14 21:37Last updated: 2020-02-14 21:37
The district councils had not been provided with secretarial services and meeting places by the government, which led district councillors to find places for meetings by themselves. The 18th District Council members and vice chairmen met today (14th) with Liu Jianghua, the director of the Home Affairs Bureau, Chen Zhaoshi, the director and deputy director of the Food and Health Bureau, Xu Deyi, and the Director of Home Affairs Xie Xiaohua to follow up the situation.
After the meeting, Liu Jianghua said that the meeting was useful, but it said that due to the impact of the epidemic, the District Council Secretariat will not be able to provide services in the next two weeks. He emphasized that all statutory organizations and advisory bodies are the same except for the secretary of the district council. The purpose is to reduce community contact, and he hopes that district members will understand.
The chairman of the Tuen Mun District Council, Chen Shuying, pointed out that the meeting did not make much progress, especially that no consensus could be reached on closing customs and extending the financial year to resolve the supply of masks. Eastern District Council Chairman Li Zhiqiang criticized the government for not providing district board venues as dwarf elected councils.
The 18th District Council Chairman and Vice-Chairman met today (14th) with Liu Jianghua, the director of the Home Affairs Bureau, Chen Zhaoshi, the director and deputy director of the Food and Health Bureau, Xu Deyi and the director of the Home Affairs Department, Xie Xiaohua. (Photo by Luo Jiaqing)
Chen Shuying emphasized that even if the Home Affairs Department did not support district boards, the district boards would continue to meet as needed. She said at the meeting that she proposed to Xie Xiaohua that even if the government does not support the district council meeting for the time being, she hopes that there will be counterpart officials in each district to reply to questions from members, or to answer inquiries from the district council visually or remotely. Positive response.
Chen Shuying also pointed out that at the meeting, it was discussed whether the district councils could simplify the quotation procedure for purchasing masks, but the Department stated that the current quotation mechanism had the greatest flexibility. Chen Shuying criticized the officials present for answering in an "official tone" and received little information at the meeting.
Eastern District Council Chairman Li Zhiqiang (right) criticized the government for not providing district board venues as a dwarf elected parliament, saying that the government wanted members to do nothing like "Mcdull". (Photo by Luo Jiaqing)
Yang Xueying: The decision of a district council member is not in the hands of the government
Eastern District Council Chairman Li Zhiqiang criticized the government for not providing district board venues as dwarfing the elected parliament, saying that the government wanted members to do nothing like "Mcdull". The chairman of the Wan Chai District Council, Yang Xueying, said that the decision of whether the district council is in a meeting is not in the hands of the government, emphasizing that the government will not withdraw from the meeting because of the use of administrative measures, and will not sever the right to hold a meeting.
Chen Shuying said that Chen Zhaoshi did not promise to consult the district council first when setting up a quarantine center in the future, and he did not respond positively to suggestions such as using the PLA barracks as a quarantine center. When he met the media after the meeting, Chen Zhaoshi only said that more quarantine centers were needed in the future, and he expected to explain more in the community.
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