Date
18 December 2017
Questions have been raised over the Hong Kong government's decision not to make public the full investigation report into the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster. Picture: James To Kun-sun's facebook page
Questions have been raised over the Hong Kong government's decision not to make public the full investigation report into the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster. Picture: James To Kun-sun's facebook page

Govt faces heat over Lamma ferry disaster probe report

Families of the victims of the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster in Hong Kong are disappointed that authorities made public only a summary of an official investigation report into the tragedy, and not the full document.

The families were “deeply disappointed” over the investigation report unveiled Thursday as only 41 pages of abstract were published from the 430-page full report, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The report into the ferry disaster, which took place 18 months ago, revealed negligence of duty by the Marine Department in vessel checks.

On October 1, 2012, a ferry collided with another passenger vessel off Lamma Island, killing 39 people and injuring several others, in the worst maritime disaster in Hong Kong in 40 years.

The Transport and Housing Bureau, after 10 months of investigation into the Marine department, said in the abstract that 17 officers of the department were found to have been deficient in their conduct, without elaborating on their ranks, actual mistakes, and how many were involved in the investigation. Nor did it say if the-then department chief Liu Hon-por should be held accountable.

Bureau Secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said at a press conference Thursday that the reason for publishing only an abstract of the report was in view of the coming criminal procedures. He has a clear conscience, he said, but declined to give direct answers to several questions from reporters.

Legislator James To Kun-sun, who assisted the families of the victims, was quoted as saying that it is not fair to hold back details of the mistakes made by the 17 officers. The explanations provided by authorizes are absurd, he said, adding that the families may request a meeting with Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen.

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