There's no lack of land, 'just lack of daring proposals'

Top News | Michael Shum 26 Jul 2021

Hong Kong doesn't lack land, but the government must take over some of the housing projects developed on top of MTR stations, New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee says.

Ip, also an executive councillor, said subdivided flats are "the shame of Hong Kong" and that some of the MTR housing projects should be popular among the public.

"MTR Corp can obtain an enormous profit margin for developing housing projects, so it should return some of the properties to the government," Ip said.

She slammed the MTRC for "insufficient commitment" to the government and the government for failing to show influence in the MTRC's management board despite having two officials on it.

"Where can we find such a business where one can pocket all the money yet share the responsibility with others?" Ip asked.

If the MTRC sold the best flats on top of its stations to people at cost, Ip believes there will be less Hongkongers emigrating.

Ip also suggested moving the Kwai Tsing container terminal to Guishan Island in the Pearl River estuary near Zhuhai and Lantau Island.

This is feasible even if it means amending laws, she argued. "We can do so now, as the legislature is under the control of the pro-establishment camp."

This came after Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said there were a lot of factors to consider before relocating the container port from Kwai Chung.

The proposal was first suggested by former director of planning Ling Kar-kan, who suggested relocating the port to Guishan Island in 2018 as Kwai Chung is turning into a prime area.

michael.shum@singtaonewscorp.com



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