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9. 功能組別議員能吸納專業意見嗎?



l 在2009年9月,保險業有12,940名從業員,但保險界功能界別的認可選民僅僅是141間保險公司代表(約佔1%);

l 在2009年9月,金融服務業有118,337名從業員,但金融服務業功能界別的認可選民僅僅是578間金融服務業公司代表 (約佔0.49%)。


10. 功能組別議員在議會作出專業貢獻嗎?


11. 功能組別議員有做好議員本份嗎?

功能組別議員有做好議員本份嗎? 我們從一些客觀數字分析。首先,讓我們看看直選和功能組別議員的出席立法會會議的比率:在2008/09立法年度,地區直選議員平均40.7次,功能組別議員平均39.1次,出席率最低的十位議員,有 9位是來自功能組別。






Newsletter Issue #4

9. Do functional constituency legislators absorb opinions from the professionals?

Some people say the existence of functional constituencies is to allow the voices of various professional sectors can be reflected in the LegCo for the improvement the quality of governance. Their simple argument is that the functional constituency legislators in LegCo could provide professional advice, directly and effectively to the Government. But if we examine the composition of functional constituencies and the past performances of the functional constituencies legislators, the axiom of the so-called “provision of professional advice for the improvement of governance" could not be sustained.

Let’s take a look at the following figures once again:

l In September 2009, there are 12,940 practioners in the insurance sector, but there are merely 141 representatives from the corporate voters hold by the insurance companies which are belonged to the insurance functional constituency (approximately 1% of the total number of practioners in the insurance sector))

l In September 2009, there are 118,3367 practioners in the financial sector, but there are merely representatives of the corporate voter of 578 financial service companies (approximately 0.48% of the total number of practioners in the financial service sector))

The financial sector is the pillar industry of Hong Kong, the practioners of the two functional constituencies are the social elites of Hong Kong, they have possessed professional knowledge, analytical power and international mindset. But most ridiculously, they have been shunned out of the functional constituencies, the voting rights, as well as the rights for being voted has been dominated by the company votes from the institutions. How could their opinions to be reflected through the legislators from the sector concerned? And how could the professionals in those sector be able to express their opinion through the legislators of their sector. How could those which have adequate credentials be able to take a seat at the Legislative Council through election?

10. Do functional constituency legislators reflect contributions of the professionals?

Could the functional constituencies be able to select well-qualified legislators from the professional sectors and to make professional contributions?

In fact, vested interests are often been discussed when LegCo is discussing various policy issues. For example, the West Kowloon Cultural District project involves with cultural, performing arts, environment and conservation, traffic, urban planning and vested interests from various districts, it is not just a matter of opinion from one or two professional legislators. During the discussions regarding the West Kowloon Cultural District project, we could not be able to see what sort of “professional” views and ideas could legislator Timothy Fok from the Sports, Culture and Publishing Sector is able to provide on the issue? Those who are elected from the geographical constituencies are otherwise more diligent in promoting the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Wong Yung-kan from the Agricultural and Fisheries Sector merely tabling one motion each year on promoting the interests of the agricultural and fisheries sector, he casted his votes based upon the views of other members in the functional constituencies for all other issues. What achievements they have done for the facilitation of overall interests of Hong Kong?

11. Do the functional constituency legislators fulfill their duties well as legislators?

In order to answer the question whether the legislators from functional constituencies have fulfilled their duties well as legislators, let us take a look at the attendance rate of the legislators elected from geographical constituencies and from functional constituencies during the 2008/09 legislative year:

l Those who are elected from geographical constituencies attended the Legislative Council meetings on an average of 40.7 times, and the functional constituencies legislators attended an average of 39.1 times. Out of the 10 worst legislators with the lowest attendant rate, nine of them came from functional constituencies;

l Concerning the number of questions raised between geographical constituency members and functional constituency members: Those who are elected from the geographical constituencies asked an average of 12.5 questions, and the legislators from functional constituencies have merely asked 8.3 questions. The functional constituency legislators who are elected uncontested merely asked an average of 6.7 questions;

l Concerning the proportion of the tabling of motions and amendments to motions. The legislators who are elected from geographical constituencies tabled an average of 5.3 times, and the functional constituency legislators merely tabled an average of 2.6 times. For the 14 functional constituency legislators who are elected uncontested, they have merely tabled two motions.

Hence, we can all see that, most of the legislators from the functional constituencies have not fulfilled their basic duties, not to mention professional contributions. Also, 14 seats in the functional constituencies has been elected uncontested. The members of the functional constituencies are unwilling to make political change, and they were unable to elect the talented and the abled. Hence, how could the best-qualified legislators be elected?

(FAQ to be continued)

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