Lau Kong-wah says Kwun Tong musical fountain project will go ahead

Local | 10 Jan 2020 6:51 pm

Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah today made clear that the government will press ahead with a controversial musical fountain project in Kwun Tong despite opposition by newly-elected district councilors.

The Kwun Tong District Council, which is now dominated by the pro-democracy camp, passed a motion at its first meeting to suspend the HK$50 million project.

Speaking after a meeting where most of the newly elected councilors stayed away, Lau said the project has already been tendered out after rounds of discussions by the members of the last council. Its funding request has also been approved by the Legislative Council, said Lau.

The official said the new district councilors have four years ahead and they are welcome other new projects during their term.

Referring to the truncated meeting boycotted by most of the 479 new councilors, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said he was disappointed by the turnout. But Cheung said he still found the two-hour meeting was useful.

"These 40 members were very active. In fact, 20 of them had the chance to speak up and speak their heart, their mind. And we did answer them fully and satisfactorily," said Cheung.

"So it's a very useful, productive, I would say fertile exchange in the first place," said Cheung.

He added it was a good start in for dialogue between the government and district council representatives and that the government will keep up the effort.

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