Starry Lee blames Tung's failed 85,000 housing goal for shortage

Local | 7 Nov 2018 6:08 pm

DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king has blamed the administration of former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for not following through with its plan of supplying 85,000 flats a year, saying if it had done so, the housing problem would not have been so severe, RTHK reports.

During a Legco debate on a motion to thank the Chief Executive Carrie Lam for her Policy Address, Lee threw her support behind the "Lantau Tomorrow Vision,'' saying major reclamation is needed.

The DAB leader said had the Tung administration stuck to the original goal in 1997 to produce 85,000 flats each year, and proceeded with major reclamation, Hong Kong would be a very different place today.

Tung abolished his housing target one year after announcing it, when the city was hit by the Asian financial crisis and property prices fell sharply

"In the past, we have missed many opportunities to reclaim land. I’ve been thinking to myself, if we had not given up the 85,000 and if we had not given up on making land because of the financial tsunami, we'd have land reserves in Hong Kong. The housing problem would not be so grave and the plight of the middle class would not be so serious”, she said.

Lee also hit back at claims that Lam’s major reclamation plan is aimed at providing housing for mainland migrants. She said critics of the reclamation proposal have "ulterior motives" and she accused them of trying to provoke conflict between the mainland and Hong Kong.

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