Date
23 September 2017
Eddie Chu (inset) wants the government to disclose all records on the Wang Chau development plan while
villagers affected by the project protest outside the Chief Executive's Office. Photos: RTHK
Eddie Chu (inset) wants the government to disclose all records on the Wang Chau development plan while villagers affected by the project protest outside the Chief Executive's Office. Photos: RTHK

Eddie Chu rejects CY Leung invitation to join Wang Chau panel

Lawmaker-elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick has rejected an invitation from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to join a proposed panel on the controversial Wang Chau housing development in Yuen Long.

Chu said it was not a good time to set up another panel because it would only complicate matters, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

Chu has accused the government of colluding with powerful rural interests in deciding to demolish three villages to build public housing flats, rather than use brownfield sites nearby, the report said.

He wants officials to disclose all records on the development plan.

“When the public [does] not have trust on the administration … I don’t think it helps as we have been witnessing all kinds of platforms, all kinds of committees set up by the administration to deal with things in this Wang Chau incident particularly,” Chu told RTHK’s Candice Wong.

“But I don’t think these groups of groups or platforms or committees help. Actually, they make things more complicated.”

However, incoming legislator Edward Yiu, from the architectural and surveying sector, welcomed the creation of the panel, saying the government has taken a positive step in trying to forge a consensus on the matter.

Other concern groups said the administration should invite villagers affected by the project to join the panel.

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