Date
18 December 2017
Secretary for Development Paul Chan (center) visiting Kwu Tung, a village in the northern New Territorities, in 2013. Photo: GIS
Secretary for Development Paul Chan (center) visiting Kwu Tung, a village in the northern New Territorities, in 2013. Photo: GIS

Development chief Paul Chan to meet NT villagers

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Development Paul Chan is set to visit villagers affected by the proposed development plans for the northeastern New Territories on Wednesday, hoping to listen to their views and suggestions, the Apple Daily reported.

Meanwhile, the Land Justice League (LJL), which is opposing the government proposals, has rallied residents to show up at the event to air their sentiments and not to allow the government to impose its plans on the people.

Some villagers doubted Chan’s sincerity in listening to the villagers, adding that he is apparently trying to put up a show with the help of representatives from the pro-establishment camp, who will be present at the meeting to back him up.

According to LJL committee member Chu Hoi-dick, the Development Bureau offered on Tuesday to meet up with villagers. Chu stressed that villagers do not mind meeting with government authorities, but would like to see the budget allocation for the development plan put off.

Legislator Fernando Cheung said the pro-democracy camp suggested to Ng Leung-sing, chairman of the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee, to set up a meeting with Paul Chan, villagers and Legco members not long ago.

Cheung said the Development Bureau’s initiative to set up the meeting shows that the villagers’ protest actions on June 13 and June 20 were able to exert pressure on the government.

Meanwhile, Alliance for Defending Grassroots Housing Rights and several other groups are going to launch a protest outside the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fan Ling. They want the government to take back a land parcel of the club that is nearly as big as the Tsuen Wan district for construction of public housing, the report said.

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