Re-elected lawmaker Starry Lee has said that she is considering running for the chair position of the Legislative Council’s House Committee in the coming legislative term.

Lee spoke when meeting with the press on Monday at a tea gathering. She is the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), the largest pro-establishment party in Hong Kong.

She said that her pro-establishment friends and party colleagues have been encouraging her to take the position.

Starry Lee. Photo: Starry Lee via Facebook.

The House Committee prepares for Council meetings and considers matters related to its work. It scrutinises bills introduced into LegCo and subsidiary legislation tabled at Council meetings or presented to it for approval.

More communication

“Actually, after the election, lawmaker Gary Chan Hak-kan and I are hoping that we can speak with different parties and sides,” she said, “and we will work hard to understand what our different friends are thinking in terms of splitting up work in the new council.”

Chan is also a member of the DAB party.

Traditionally, though it did not happen in the last legislative term, if a pro-establishment lawmaker heads a panel under the Legislative Council, a pro-democracy lawmaker will become the vice chairman of the panel, and vice versa.

Starry Lee. Photo: RTHK Screencap.

She said that things are in the communication stage. “At this point there are no conclusive results to share with anyone, but I hope that in the near future, we can take on more and different sides and parties can express what they think about splitting up responsibilities.”

Lee also said that she has started speaking with other pro-establishment lawmakers and she said that they hope to be able to communicate with localists and pan-democrats in the upcoming LegCo term.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.