Different rules for different groups

February 18th, 2016 atam Posted in Building, Earth | No Comments »

Here’s a tip for all those opposed to the construction of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok: get a big-name developer behind your campaign against the project, and you can get it stopped even at this late stage.

Oh, so you’re just a dolphin or green group? Sorry, too bad, forget about it.

The government’s prompt response to the opposition of powerful business groups to the proposed renovation of the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade by a single developer – by withdrawing the proposal and opting to carry out minimal upgrading instead – shows whose opinion it really cares about as well as how little it cares about the community it purports to ‘consult’. Despite the public objecting to the proposal during the ‘public consultation’, it was prepared to steamroll the scheme like it’s done with every other scheme until those business groups launched a judicial review.

How remiss of it; typically, the government is quick to rope in business interests, then claims that it has already consulted ‘stakeholders’. That applies even where business interests have no business being involved – like the Lantau countryside.


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