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HKU students class boycott and with us in the studio are Junius Ho & Yvonne Leung, HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge & Lantau development (23 Jan 2016)


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Who needs democratic accountability? Popularity does not seem to be an issue for our shakers and movers. In recent weeks both the Chief Executive and Chief Secretary have said that popularity is not much of an issue for them. If a recent poll is anything to go by Arthur Li may well be advised to also abandon hopes of popularity. It found that 97.8% of University of Hong Kong alumni didn’t want him as chairman of the university council. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people took to the streets to protest against his appointment. And on Wednesday this week, students at the university began a class boycott in protest, and demanded a revision of the university ordinance. With us in the studio are Junius Ho, Council Member of Lingnan University and Yvonne Leung, member of the University of Hong Kong Class Boycott Committee. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge has been thirty years in the making. Tycoon Gordon Wu first proposed the idea in 1983, at a time when Zhuhai was still a new economic zone and a more convenient link seemed like a good idea for business. Three decades later, Hong Kong’s sovereignty has changed, many factories on the mainland have moved northwards, and yet the 42 km bridge is still nowhere in sight. Costs are expected to top HK$132.9 billion, shared among the three places. But Hong Kong will be footing more than half of the bill: that’s $83 billion and rising. To further capitalise on the HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge the government has also set its sights on North Lantau. The government is determined to develop Hong Kong’s biggest island, and in 2004 set up a task force to look at how this could be achieved. Two years ago it added an advisory committee under the Development Bureau. Three days before the CE’s policy address, the committee submitted its first report. The Chief Executive, then said in the Policy Address that hewants to turn Lantau into an economic, housing, commercial, tourism and recreational hub.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
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