Date
19 September 2017
Workers prepare an exhibit for the opening of the June 4 Memorial Museum. Photo: AFP
Workers prepare an exhibit for the opening of the June 4 Memorial Museum. Photo: AFP

Neighbor to fund suit against June 4 museum

A neighbour of Hong Kong’s June 4 Memorial Museum plans to fund legal action “at all costs”, claiming the museumviolates a binding agreement between the owners of the Tsim Sha Tsui commercial building, Apply Daily reported Friday.

Stanly Chau, chairman of the Incorporated Owners of Foo Hoo Centre, said he will fund a lawsuit against the museum on the grounds that it will increase foot traffic and require additional safety measures. The museum is due to open April 25.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China bought an 800 sq ft space in the Foo Hoo Centre for more than HK$9.7 million (US$1.25 million) in December, but received a lawyer’s letter from the owners’ corporation last month warning against the opening of a museum in a commercial centre.

Stating several times Thursday that he was a non-political businessman, Chau said he will pay in advance for the lawsuit but refused to say why he will not use funds from the owners’ group. Alliance chairman and lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan claimed that Chau might be supported by “someone with authority”.

Hong Kong Owners Club Diamond Shea said it is unusual to see one property owner alone pay for the whole cost. “I haven’t seen a case where an owner uses private funds for legal action against another property owner. They will usually use communal capital,” Shea said.

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