Date
20 September 2017
Should I stay or should I go? Transport secretary Anthony Cheung is not saying. Photo: HKEJ
Should I stay or should I go? Transport secretary Anthony Cheung is not saying. Photo: HKEJ

No sign of transport secretary heading for exit

Transport secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung won’t comment on rumors that he’s planning to quit but his statements suggest that he’s here to stay.

Cheung said Thursday that he is looking at the wins and losses of his work but the most important thing now is to minimize delays and cost overruns on the Hong Kong-Guangzhou high-speed-rail project, Apple Daily reported Friday. 

Some reports said Cheung was considering resigning but was urged by the government to stay. 

To keep a better eye on the MTR, Cheung said the bureau will ask the corporation’s board to add several more directors and review corporate governance.

An expert team will also investigate who is responsible for an expected two-year delay in the completion of the project.

University of Hong Kong professor Lee Chack-fan was appointed to lead the team but had to step down less than three hours after being named when it surfaced that he was an independent non-executive director of a contractor for the project’s West Kowloon terminus. 

Cheung admitted there were flaws in the selection process.

Democratic Party legislator Wu Chi-wai said establishing the team is just one way for the government to hamper legislators in their investigation. Wu said the team has neither the power to summon witnesses nor the authority to conduct an extensive investigation, and he will seek to invoke Legco’s investigative powers to look into the scandal.

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