Date
24 July 2017
CY Leung says the government is not working with the mafia after it was accused of dramatically scaling back the Wang Chau housing project. 
Photos: Google Maps, CNSA
CY Leung says the government is not working with the mafia after it was accused of dramatically scaling back the Wang Chau housing project. Photos: Google Maps, CNSA

Leung says 17,000 Wang Chau housing units on track

A plan to build 17,000 public housing units in Wang Chau remains on track.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is denying accusations the government is colluding with vested interests to scale back the project, saying it has always been “clean” and upfront, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Leung made the remarks after gangs were linked to death threats against newly elected legislator Eddie Chu who has accused the government of dramatically slashing the project.

Chu made the Wang Chau project an election issue, along with justice for affected rural residents of Yuen Long district.

But Leung put it all down to a “misunderstanding”, saying the government is “not working with the mafia”.

On Tuesday, he said the government will initially build 4,000 units as this is “easier to do”, followed by the remaining 13,000.

But the remarks were quickly questioned by some lawmakers and several Yuen Long district councilors who cited an official document which shows the Housing Authority has decided to build no more than 4,000 homes.

The Transport and Housing Bureau, which prepared the document, said the 17,000 units proposed by a 2012 feasibility study and which Chu wanted released, no longer applies.

The bureau refused to reveal any sensitive information about the project until the “appropriate time”.

A government spokesman said the original proposal is still “technically achievable” , only that the government has set priorities which will be implemented in stages.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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