District Councils of Hong Kong - Controversies

Controversies

Prof. Li Pang-kwong, of Lingnan University, said that the problematic framework of the councils, being under the Home Affairs Bureau, has led them to work too closely with government. He cited the example of the 'copy and paste' Queen's Pier motions passed by 13 councils to support government decisions as a rubber-stamp, and a clear sign that councils lacked independence. Dr Li recalled that a similar government 'consultation' on universal suffrage in 2007, where two-thirds of the councils passed a vote in support of its position. After it was revealed that the government was behind the concerted District Councils' motions in 2008 supporting the relocation of Queen's Pier, Albert Ho condemned the government of tampering with District Councils in order to "create public opinion", and for turning District officers into propagandists.

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