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Politicians should have their pay docked, not raised

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Lawmakers who are also district councillors are expected to get a 10 per cent pay rise next year. This means taking their monthly pay to HK$132,490, from HK$120,000. Nice job if you can get it! Meanwhile, all district councillors’ pay will be raised by 5.6 per cent next year.

There are 24 legislators who are also members of various district councils. According to the Home Affairs Bureau, those who work in both capacities have until now had their district council salaries slashed by a third since colonial times.

“The discount to their [district council] honorarium belittled their efforts,” a bureau paper submitted to the Legislative Council said.

That may be true for the truly diligent ones, who perform their duties in both jobs to the fullest. But something about human nature tells us that most........

© South China Morning Post