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If Chinese University council is to be reformed, remove seats for legislators

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LettersIf Chinese University council is to be reformed, consider removing seats for legislators

Readers discuss the private member’s bill proposing changes to a university ordinance, how the Fringe Club can revive its fortunes, and the need to speed up the use of electric buses in Hong KongHong Kong politicsLettersPublished: 11:30am, 7 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.I was disturbed by the saga of the private member’s bill proposing changes to the Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance. Since Chinese University is a legal entity governed by its own ordinance, any amendment of its ordinance should originate from its council rather than from three lawmakers who are also members of the council.

As I far as I understand, the proper process is for the council to pass a resolution on the proposed changes to the ordinance, then seek a time slot for the legislature to process the amendment bill. A university might seek to expedite the amendment bill by presenting it as a private member’s bill. It seems unusual for a legislator himself or herself (three in this case), instead of the council, to present the legislative changes.

Although the three are members of the university council, it does not seem that the council delegated to them the authority to present the bill. In essence, was it the council’s resolution or was it the three council members’ proposal that was presented to the bills committee?

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